Hello all ,
I was going through the Manhattan sentence correction
guide and I came across this topic of "Parallelism of verbs of being" . It says that when you see the verbs of the form "to be" , be sure that the two sides of the verb are parallel .
Then the following example was taken to illustrate the point of structural parallelism.
The flower bouquet was the husband's giving of love to his wife.
Then the following explanation was given
The two sides of the being verb was are flower bouquet and Husband's giving of love . In order to achieve parallelism , we can rewrite the sentence replacing giving with the noun gift , so that the two sides of the being verb are structurally similar .
The flower bouquet was the Husband's loving gift to his wife.
Now what structure has been made parallel in the latter sentence . I can't tell what is wrong with the former sentence and how it has been rectified in the latter one .
Would someone please explain this issue and give some more examples.