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How does one revise sentences to contain parallel structure?

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Simply put, constructing sentences using parallel structure is a way of making wording match. When we make wording match, we create clearer, economical, elegant sentences that are much easier to read.

Let's take a closer look at your example sentence on your worksheet for a better understanding. The following sentence is not parallel because verb types and tenses do not match:

Being compassionate and because she knows a lot about animals, Jessica will make a good veterinarian.

Here, the writer started the sentence with the -ing ending verb "being" in the phrase "being compassionate."  But, if we look further down the sentence, we see no other -ing ending verbs.

That tells us the wording does not match.

Instead, we see the

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