New SAT Grammar Rule: Parallelism & Comparison

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New SAT Grammar Rule: Parallelism & Comparison

When's the last time you thought about the word "parallel" outside of math class? Maybe never, so this could be a first for you!

In math class, "parallel" lines could be described as lines that are going exactly the same direction as one another. They'll never bump in to each other, because they're in perfect alignment.

Believe it or not, grammar has "parallel" situations, just like math – and the concept is similar. In math you must have at least two lines for them to be parallel (a single line, by itself, isn't really parallel to anything, is it?). However, you don't have to stop with two lines; you can have as many different parallel lines as you want, as long as they're all going in exactly the same direction.

The same holds true in grammar. "Parallelism" issues come up in sentences involving lists or comparisons of two or more things.

There are three main situations when Parallelism will happen:

1) In a simple list (like a grocery list).

2) Between two or more longer phrases.

3) Within a comparison.

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