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In part A, you must define parallel grammatical structure and provide correct and incorrect examples of a list of items within a sentence. In part B, you will write a draft persuasive message for the assignment due later in the week.  

Part A: Parallelism

Parallel grammatical structure is very important in business communication; yet professionals often write lists that confuse the reader by changing tense, structure or meaning.  

  • Conduct research about parallel grammatical construction and provide a definition. You may use Internet or book sources to find content. Your definition should be paraphrased, not directly copied from the source. Be sure to cite the source; a URL is sufficient for this DB.
  • Find an example of a list (series) within a sentence in your previous writing, or the writing of a business professional, that is not parallel construction. Present the “before” (incorrect) and “after” (correct) for the example sentence.

Example: Cash donations are used to build houses, pay rent and mortgage, and education needed to be successful homeowners.

Rewrite #1 with extra words to better understand how to assess parallelism in a sentence; you should omit the extra "to" words in your rewrites: Cash donations are used to build houses, {to} pay rent and mortgage, and {to} educate homeowners.

Note: Most writers will omit the second and third use of "to" to streamline the sentence; however, mentally adding the word {to} can often help you write a sentence with parallel construction using the infinitive (to build, to pay, to educate, to write).

Rewrite #2 (better option):  Cash donations are used to build houses, pay rent and mortgage, and educate homeowners.

Option #3: Cash donations are used for house construction, mortgage payments and homeowner education.

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