posted by John T. on .
How do you make this into a parrell sentence? Thank you
Palm readers examine lines on the palm, fingers and their lengths, and the prominence of the mounts.
Any series (three or more items) needs to have all its parts in the same structure -- all nouns; all adjectives; all nouns with one adjective; all present participles; etc.
Here's what you have:
Palm readers examine lines
on the palm,
fingers and their lengths,
prominence of the mounts
You could say that each of the items in the series includes a noun, they are not parallel. Here's why:
~~on the palm = noun in prepositional phrase
~~fingers and their lengths = 2 nouns, one with a modifier
~~prominence of the mounts = noun with a prepositional phrase (including a 2nd noun) modifying it
How can you re-write this sentence so that all elements of the series are phrased with the same construction?
Read this carefully before you decide:
I left an important word out!
" ... includes a noun, but they are not parallel."