Descriptive Paragraph About A Place

Write a short descriptive paragraph about a place, real or imagined, that could be the setting for a story or drama. Make sure to include 4 instances of parallel structure.

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andrewnightingale eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Descriptive writing requires the author to appeal to the reader's senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound. This means that the text should use imagery (words and phrases) that bring what the author experienced to life. In other words, the reader has to see, hear, smell, taste and feel what the author wants him to. This further implies that the techniques the author uses have to be effective to convey the images. In this regard, the writer may use a variety of figures of speech such as similes, metaphors and personification, among others.

The author can also appeal to the reader's emotions and can, through thorough and accurate descriptions, evoke feelings in the reader. The descriptors the author uses also have to be realistic so that the reader can appreciate the context within which they are used and, therefore, understand the writer's purpose and appreciate the writer's description.

Parallel structure requires the writer to use repetitive grammatical forms within sentences. In making each compared item or idea in a sentence follow the same grammatical pattern, the author creates a parallel construction which makes the text easier and more pleasant to read. Examples of such parallel constructions would be:

Peter enjoys cycling, watching movies, and taking afternoon naps.


Peter likes to cycle, watch movies, and take afternoon naps.

Instead of writing:

Peter likes cycling, watching movies and to take afternoon naps.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A descriptive text contains words which will appeal to the senses (taste, touch, sight, sound, smell) of the reader. By appealing to the senses of the reader, he or she will be able to create a mental image filled with vivid imagery. 

Parallel structure refers to the use of similar word patterns. This is important because it places the same emphasis upon each of the words (not allowing one word to seem or feel more important than another). The following sentence illustrates parallel structure. 

The boys went swimming, biking, and running

Through the inclusion of "ing" on each of the three words, each word possesses the same level of importance. 

An example of a descriptive paragraph (which contains parallel structure) is as follows. 

The sun beat down upon the sand with increasing heat. Wind swept across the pier as salty mist clung to the faces of the beachgoers. While most were biking, running, or surfing, many others simply wished to soak up the sun. The white sand clung to all exposed body parts. Upon the boardwalk, passerbys were either eating, drinking, or sitting around watching the waves break on the beach. 

I know that the paragraph only contains two examples of parallel structure. It is my hope that I have helped you to get started. Good luck.