Wait. Did that header just say “writing” and “parallelism”? Are they combining English and Math? I’m OUT!
No, don’t worry! We’re not about to start graphing sentences on a coordinate plane; we’re just going to examine one of those nit-picky grammar concepts that you never really learned in school and that the SAT suddenly expects you to know (that’s more fun, right?).
Parallelism in language occurs when two verbal constructions share a grammatical structure. In more pure cases of parallelism, phrases may also have corresponding meter, meaning, or sound and can be used as a poetic device. The immortal opening lines of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities illustrate parallelism wonderfully:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….”