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Test Prep Tasty Tidbit: Study Parallelism
The Verbal sections on standardized exams will often test you on parallel structure. What's that mean? Basically, items in a list should match grammatically. In a sentence, if a past tense verb begins the first clause, a past tense verb should begin the next. If you use a gerund to describe your first favorite activity (running), then you should use a gerund to describe the rest (I like running, reading, and swimming.). Saying something like, "I like to run, swimming, and going on hikes." would be grammatically incorrect because it lacks parallel structure.
Want to see what a parallel structure question looks like on the GMAT Verbal section? Check it out in this article:
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