FILM 206 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1-22: Split Infinitive, Chapter 27, Sentence Clause Structure

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Writing words, phrases, or clauses within a sentence to match in their grammatical forms results in parallelism (it emphasizes information or ideas in writing), delivers grace, rhythm, and impact. Advantages to using parallel structures: you can express ideas of equal weight in your writing, you can emphasize important information or ideas, you can add rhythm and grace to your writing style. Balanced sentence: a type of parallelism in which contrasting content is delivered, usually using two independent clauses (a sentence composed of two parallel structures) Faulty parallelism usually results when you join nonmatching grammatical forms; solved by writing words that accompany coordinating conjunctions, correlative conjunctions, and elements of comparison in matching grammatical forms. Generally repeat function words (the, a, an, to, of, in, about, relative pronouns) only if you think that the repetition clarifies your meaning or highlights the parallelism that you intend. Grammatical agreement is based on sameness; you need to match subjects and verbs; pronouns and antecedents.

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