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GEN BUS 360: Workplace Writing and Communication (Spring 2022)

Parallel Structures

Parallel lists aid reader comprehension. Parallelism means that each item in a list follows the same grammatical pattern.

Instead of this

Write this

This book was exciting, well written, and held my interest.

This book was exciting, well written, and interesting.

The decline in company profit is due to four factors:

  • Holiday sales have slowed down
  • Increased transportation and fuel costs
  • We are experiencing higher employee wages
  • Slowing inventory turnover

The decline in company profit is due to four factors:

  • decreased holiday sales
  • increased transportation and fuel costs
  • increased employee wages
  • reduced inventory turnover

Content Credit

Content on this page was created by the Business Communication team at the Wisconsin School of Business.