Many parallel elements are linked by co-ordinating conjunctions such as and, or and but. These elements can also be used by correlatives such as neither and nor, or whether and or.
An example of parallel clauses is:
Let us be English or let us be French, but above all, let us be Canadians
- Sir John A. MacDonald
An example of parallel sentences follows.
There is no story so fantastic that I cannot imagine myself the hero. And there is no story so evil that I cannot imagine myself the villain.
- Leonard Cohen
To make the parallel clear, repeat a preposition, an article, the to of the infinitive or the introductory word of a phrase or clause.
The reward rests not in the task but in the pay.
- John K. Galbraith
You can also use parallel structures that contain correlatives such whether and or and not only and but.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
- John F. Kennedy
Thanks to the Harbrace College Handbook for Canadian Writers for aiding me in the creation of today's blog.