Parallel Structure English Quiz

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Embrace the opportunity to enhance your writing skills with the Parallel Structure Quiz. Crafting a sentence requires careful consideration, especially when it comes to achieving the desired impact. Parallel structure, the art of seamlessly connecting clauses using coordinating conjunctions like "for," "and," "nor," "or," "but," "so," and "yet," plays a pivotal role in effective communication.
Are you familiar with the nuances of parallelism? Dive into the Parallel Structure Quiz to put your knowledge to the test. This quiz offers an avenue to assess your grasp of parallel structure, ensuring your sentences are coherent and impactful. As you engage with Read morethe questions, keep in mind the principles of parallelism to excel in your writing endeavors.
Are you ready to embark on this enlightening linguistic journey? Take the quiz and refine your skills in using parallel structure effectively. Best of luck, and may your commitment to mastering language mechanics shine through!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

     The audience cheered, laughed, and cried too.

    • A.

      Correct

    • B.

      Incorrect

    Correct Answer
    A. Correct
    Explanation
    The sentence states that the audience cheered, laughed, and cried too. This implies that the audience had a positive and emotional response to whatever was happening. Since the sentence accurately reflects this, the answer is correct.

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  • 2. 

    She decided to quit her job and travel the world.

    • A.

      Correct

    • B.

      Incorrect

    Correct Answer
    A. Correct
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because it states that she decided to quit her job and travel the world. This implies that she made a conscious decision to leave her job and pursue her desire to travel. While the verb “decided” is in the past tense, the subsequent verbs following the preposition “to” (“quit” and “travel”) are both used in the infinitive form and, therefore, parallel in structure.

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  • 3. 

    Is there a grammatical issue with the sentence "Mrs. Pompeo was so shocked that she had to sit down"?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    The sentence describes a single event or action without a need for parallel structure. Therefore, it does not require parallelism.

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  • 4. 

    Mr. Eagleton reads mysteries, listens to classical music, and he watches television.

    • A.

      Correct

    • B.

      Incorrect

    Correct Answer
    B. Incorrect
    Explanation
    The given statement utilizes the verbs “reads,” “listens,” and “watches.” However, the pronoun “he” is used before “watches,” affecting the parallelism of the sentence.

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  • 5. 

    Alec’s favorite subjects are Spanish and journalism, and he likes math too.

    • A.

      Correct

    • B.

      Incorrect

    Correct Answer
    B. Incorrect
    Explanation
    To have a correct parallel structure, the given sentence should be “Alec’s favorite subjects are Spanish, journalism, and math. Adding the phrase “and he likes math also” is unnecessary and affects the parallelism of the statement.

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  • 6. 

    The movie starts with a girl going into a bar and is scared.

    • A.

      Correct

    • B.

      Incorrect

    Correct Answer
    B. Incorrect
    Explanation
    The given statement utilizes the verbs “going” and “is” which are in different forms and therefore not parallel. The verb “is” should be replaced with the “-ing” form of the verb “to be” which is “becoming.” The corrected sentence would then be “The movie starts with a girl going into a bar and becoming scared.”

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  • 7. 

    Identify the sentence that demonstrates correct parallel structure.

    • A.

      We need to clean the house, wash the car, and making dinner.

    • B.

      She enjoys reading, to write, and painting.

    • C.

      The job requires analyzing data, writing reports, and managing teams.

    • D.

      He likes to run, swimming, and to bike.

    Correct Answer
    C. The job requires analyzing data, writing reports, and managing teams.
    Explanation
    The sentence in option C maintains parallel structure by using gerunds (analyzing, writing, managing) for each verb phrase, thereby ensuring that each element in the series is presented in the same grammatical form. This uniformity creates a smooth, coherent sentence.

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  • 8. 

    He started the engine, released the hand brake, and checked the mirror.

    • A.

      Correct

    • B.

      Incorrect

    Correct Answer
    A. Correct
    Explanation
    The given statement describes a sequence of actions performed by someone. All of the actions utilize the past tense form of the verbs “start,” “release,” and “check,” so this sentence has the correct parallel structure.

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  • 9. 

    He suggested two new magazines and that we should see a film also.

    • A.

      Correct

    • B.

      Incorrect

    Correct Answer
    B. Incorrect
    Explanation
    To correct the parallel structure in the sentence, you could revise it to maintain a consistent form for the items in the series. For example:
    "He suggested two new magazines and seeing a film as well."
    This revision ensures that both elements of the suggestion ("two new magazines" and "seeing a film") are presented in a similar grammatical form, thereby maintaining parallel structure.

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  • 10. 

     Dozens of people who don’t eat well yet are healthy.

    • A.

      Correct

    • B.

      Incorrect

    Correct Answer
    B. Incorrect
    Explanation
    The given statement is structured as a clause describing a specific group of people who don’t eat well but are healthy. Since there is no verb describing an action performed by the group or giving context to the group, the statement is not a complete sentence. The word “yet” can be removed so that the phrase “are healthy” is no longer attached to the noun, making the statement a complete sentence. Alternatively, the sentence could be changed to have “There are” at the beginning to give context to the noun.

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Heather Baxter |BSc |
K-12 English Expert
Heather is an educator, with four years of teaching experience. Heather graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teaching. She is skilled in Teaching English as a Second Language and currently works as an Elementary School Teacher at Pinellas County Schools. She made a career transition one year ago to explore a new path in writing and copy editing. Heather's specialization lies in curriculum development and educational materials, but she maintains versatility to work across various industries. Known for her keen attention to detail and a deep passion for language, she possesses a sharp eye for precision.

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