Faulty Parallelism

Faulty parallelism is a literary device that involves an incorrect or inconsistent use of parallel structure in a sentence or passage. Parallel structure is the repetition of similar grammatical forms or patterns within a sentence or passage, which creates a sense of balance and symmetry. Faulty parallelism occurs when the structures being repeated are not truly parallel, leading to confusion or awkwardness in the writing. This can include errors in verb tense, subject-verb agreement, or use of conjunctions. Faulty parallelism can detract from the clarity and effectiveness of a piece of writing, and is often used for comedic effect in satire or parody.

Examples of faulty parallelism:

“I like to swim, to bike, and running.” (incorrect use of verb tense)

“He loved hiking, camping, and to fish.” (inconsistent use of gerunds)

“The students were asked to bring a pencil, a notebook, and their homework is due tomorrow.” (lack of parallel structure in items on a list)

“She not only likes to read books, but also watching movies.” (inconsistent use of verb forms)

“The teacher told the students to write clearly, concisely, and avoiding grammatical errors.” (inconsistent use of verb forms)

3 thoughts on “Faulty Parallelism”

  1. This feels like it would best be utilized either in dialogue or first person narrative — although I don’t believe narrative would be ideal because of the perception of the Reader. A character, a single character could utilize this building a unique voice — a voice consistent in tenor and diction.

  2. Is this an example?
    “According to Miss Stephanie Crawford, however, Atticus was leaving the post office when Mr. Ewell approached him, cursed him, spat on him, and threatened to kill him.”

  3. could this work

    I am malala:
    If you don’t raise your voice, it is unlikely anyone will hear you

    if not then what is it?

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