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Correct this: The virus may cause AIDS, cancer, or even kill.

Do I need to add a word in front of cancer? Would this be correct?

The virus may cause AIDS, produce cancer, or even kill.

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    No. Take a good look at those three parts of the series:

    cause AIDS (verb + direct object)
    produce cancer (erb + direct object)
    even kill (adverb + verb)

    Do you see that they are not the same? That they are not parallel?

    Go back to the original sentence and take the series apart as I did in your sentence. What do you find?

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    The virus may cause AIDS, produce cancer, or kill people.

    This makes all three have a verb + direct object.

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