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Run-On Sentences

Run-on sentences occur when writers try to combine more than one idea into a single sentence. They cause confusion because readers are not sure when one idea ends and the next one begins. Read our entry and test your knowledge with our quiz!

Parallel Structure

Parallel structure means using the same pattern of words or phrases within a sentence. These phrases can be used to emphasize or draw attention to certain parts of a sentence.

Example: Before I go on my trip, I have to pack my bag, print my ticket, and confirm my reservation.

In this sentence, the phrases “pack my bag”, “print my ticket”, and “confirm my reservation” are all presented in the same way and separated by commas. This helps emphasize the order of events.

All items in a list must be presented in the same way; for example, verbs should be in the same tense.