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I need help with parallel structure. My essay is contrasting cats and dogs, with cats being the superior (sorry dog lovers). One paragraph is to be block method the other is to be point by point.

II. Body
A. Needs
1. Feeding
a. Cats
b. Dogs
2. Training
a. Cats
b. Dogs
3. Grooming
a. Cats
b. Dogs
4. Medicating
a. Cats
b. Dogs
B. Personalities
1. Cats
a. Playing
b. Vocalizing
c. Independence
d.
2. Dogs
a. Playing
b. Vocalizing
c. Independence
d.


I know some of these words aren't parallel. Also, do the topics and sub topics have to be parallel. I don't know if using gerunds and cat and dog would be correct.

Also what is another sub topic i could use for personalities or can anyone think of better ones?

  • Essay Writing - , Monday, November 24, 2008 at 7:13pm

    Hold on while I look at all this...

  • Essay Writing - , Monday, November 24, 2008 at 7:21pm

    The only parts that aren't parallel are the two instances where you have written "Independence" -- that word (r a word that gives the same meaning) needs to become a gerund.

    Paragraph A is point-by-point, right? And paragraph B is block?

    Now ... find another word for "independence" but in -ing form.

    I'll be looking through the following; you should do the same:
    http://www.answers.com
    http://www.onelook.com
    http://www.thesaurus.com

  • Essay Writing - , Monday, November 24, 2008 at 7:27pm

    If you cannot come up with a gerund form of "independence," then you'll need to turn "playing" and "vocalizing" into noun forms to be parallel with "independence."

  • Essay Writing - , Monday, November 24, 2008 at 7:59pm

    So everything else doesn't have to be parallel like needs and personalities and cats and dogs aren't gerunds but that's ok since they are a different part of the outline?

  • Essay Writing - , Monday, November 24, 2008 at 8:02pm

    Needs and Personalities are parallel -- they are both nouns. (Level A and B)

    Next level (1, 2, etc.) in A are all parallel -- all gerunds.

    The only terms not parallel with others in their own level are the two instances of "independence."

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