Writing for Business

Jul 17 2008   12:15AM GMT

Quiz: Writing for business – July 17, 2008

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

cable_mess.jpg Which is correct?

The cable diagrams were __________________.
a. complicated, confusing and difficult to read.
b. complicated, confusing and it was difficult to read them.

Answer: a


In a series, ideas that are related to each other should be expressed in parallel form. Simply put, the reader expects consistency — make all the elements in the series match. In grammar, this is called parallel construction.

(Is your cabling a mess? We’ve got some housekeeping resources here.)

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