For Inside The Publishing World Wednesday I am spotlighting a grammar tip from grammar guru, author Terry Deighton. I had the privilege of listening to her tips at my recent ANWA conference. I'll be spotlighting several of her tips in the Wednesday's to come.
Faulty parallelism occurs when two or more parts of a sentence are similar in meaning but not parallel (or grammatically similar) in form. It often occurs with paired constructions and items in a series. The form, function, and parts of speech need to be the same in both phrases.
Wrong- I like eating cookies and books.
Right- I like eating cookies and writing books.
Terry Deighton lives in Washington, the state not D.C., with her husband, Al. Their six children are grown and gone, and pets tend to complicate life. When she is not visiting her children and grandchildren, writing and revising, again and again, she works as a substitute teacher.