I see a lot of writing mistakes with learners struggling with parallel structures, or parallelism. This is where features in a sentence have to follow the same grammatical patterns to sound natural.
It may sound a bit confusing, but honestly, it’s fairly simple once you understand the main idea.
In this episode, I go through 7 examples of how to sound more natural with this grammar rule as I talk about some of my favourite travel memories. I encourage you to respond and do the same!
7 Parallel Structures
- I’ve had great times in the mountains before! I’ve been hiking, skiing, and sipping on hot drinks in my tent. (verbs)
- Travel in the Balkans can be a bit tougher than in Western Europe. You need careful plans, some language ability, and a certain amount of resilience. (nouns)
- My time in Thailand was a long, relaxing, and eye-opening experience. (adjectives)
- Not only do I prefer travelling by train, but I also enjoy the scenic views it offers. (clause)
- After I got COVID in Georgia, I walked around sluggishly, slowly, and with tired eyes. (adverbs)
- I travelled around Boston by boat, on foot, and on public transport. (prepositions)
- On the weekend, I love hiking, exploring, and relaxing in nature. (gerunds)
Can you share some memories of your past using these structures?