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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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. 


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