Parallel Structure: Parallel structure, two

June 5, 2008: Issue 242

This is why they’re state troopers and not grammar cops.

What’s wrong with this picture? The two sentences aren’t parallel, so are doesn’t refer back to anything. (We are what? We are watch?)

They could fix the problem this way:

Are you watching your speed? We are.

But that puts an awful lot of words on the billboard. Here’s an easier fix:

Now that I’ve pointed this out, I’ll welcome donations to defray the cost of my inevitable speeding tickets.

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