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What is the problem(s) in the sentence below?
The social information processing (SIP) theory holds that a child's behavior is the result of six overlapping cognitive steps that occur in the following order:(a) encode social cues, (b) mentally representing and interpreting the cues, (c) constructing goals, (d) search for possible responses, (e) making a response decision, (f) enact a behavioral response while monitoring its effect.



A. The theory name should be capitalized
B. The colon is misused. It would be better to make the second sentence.
C. The list of steps lacks parallel structure.
D. Nothing - the sentence is correct as written.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

The list of steps lacks parallel structure.-items in a list must have parallel structure. usually the easiest way to achieve parallel structure is to use the same verb form to begin each item in the list. using the sip example from this question, the list of steps could be revised as follows: (a) encoding cues, (b) interpreting cues, (c) clarifying goals, (d) constructing responses, (e) deciding on a response, and (f) enacting the selected response. parallel structure creates a harmony with each item hitting a pleasant note; when parallel structure is lacking, some items will hit sour or off-tune notes.
 

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