Grammar Quest—Parallel Sentences & Clichés
A cliché is an overused word or group of words. Cliches (pronounced klee shay) bore the reader and do not offer anything interesting to think about.
Example: The lesson went in one ear and out the other.
He did not understand the lesson being taught. It was as if the concepts were floating above his head and he could not pull them in.
Commonly used clichés to keep away from:
so far, so good
put your foot in your mouth
see eye to eye
out of the box
last but not least
lesser of two evils
better late than never
don’t rock the boat
sink or swim
in the nick of time
raining cats and dogs
face the music
no time like the present
calm before the storm
that’s a wrap
many hands make light work
easy as pie ace
up his sleeve
Unparalleled sentences are sentences that contain words or phrases that change in a sentence.
Examples of unparalleled sentences:
We believe in working hard, being kind and play a lot. (The sentence switches from –ing words to ‘play a lot.’)
In Riverton, high school students like to shoot hoops, roam the mall, surf the Internet, and eating fast food. (The sentence switched from the verbs shoot, play and roam to the verb eating.)
Examples of parallel sentence:
We believe in working hard, being kind, and playing a lot.
In Riverton, high school students like to shoot hoops, roam the mall, surf the Internet, and eat fast food.