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After all the recent political changes, the Syrians are figuring out

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Hi Nitesh, parallelism is maintained.

The structure is:

figuring out how to create that city for themselves, politically and socially, as well as with bricks and mortar.

Prepositional phrase on RHS (with bricks and mortar) is parallel to Prepositional phrase on LHS (for themselves, politically and socially).

Note that it doesn't have to be the same preposition.
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(C) to one another and to the city they have always lived in without quite fully owning — figuring out how to create that city for themselves, politically and socially, as well as with bricks and mortar


Hi

Can any expert explain to me whether as well as is a parallelism marker?

That a ruined structure found at Aqaba, Jordan, was probably a church is indicated by its eastward orientation and overall plan, as well as by the artifacts.

In this official sentence, the parallelism is maintained. by X and by y as well as by Z.

WHy is the parallelism not being maintained in this question?
as well as with brick and mortars is not parallel to anything in the sentence.


Looking forward to any help.

Structures do not have to be exactly the same in order to be parallel. Rather they have to be similar and relate logically to the rest of the sentence in which they appear.

In this case, the prepositional phrase "with bricks and mortar" is used adverbially to modify "create the city."

So the phrase works logically with the rest of the sentence.

It is also a good match for what precedes "as well as," since "with bricks and mortar" works adverbially, and what appears before "as well as," "politically and socially," is essentially two adverbs.

So, the parallel elements associated with "as well as" are "politically and socially" and "with bricks and mortar."
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nitesh50 wrote:
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(C) to one another and to the city they have always lived in without quite fully owning — figuring out how to create that city for themselves, politically and socially, as well as with bricks and mortar


Hi

Can any expert explain to me whether as well as is a parallelism marker?

That a ruined structure found at Aqaba, Jordan, was probably a church is indicated by its eastward orientation and overall plan, as well as by the artifacts.

In this official sentence, the parallelism is maintained. by X and by y as well as by Z.

WHy is the parallelism not being maintained in this question?
as well as with brick and mortars is not parallel to anything in the sentence.


Looking forward to any help.

Structures do not have to be exactly the same in order to be parallel. Rather they have to be similar and relate logically to the rest of the sentence in which they appear.

In this case, the prepositional phrase "with bricks and mortar" is used adverbially to modify "create the city."

So the phrase works logically with the rest of the sentence.

It is also a good match for what precedes "as well as," since "with bricks and mortar" works adverbially, and what appears before "as well as," "politically and socially," is essentially two adverbs.

So, the parallel elements associated with "as well as" are "politically and socially" and "with bricks and mortar."


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But with is a preposition. And if as well as is a parallelism marker, can we say that with Bricks and mortar is parallel to for themselves, politically and socially?

For and with both are prepositions, and we need a preposition(although not the same one).
So won't the parallelism entities then be

with bricks and mortars AND for themselves, politically and socially.

Can you try explaning this logic?

Thank you for your time.

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Structures do not have to be exactly the same in order to be parallel. Rather they have to be similar and relate logically to the rest of the sentence in which they appear.

In this case, the prepositional phrase "with bricks and mortar" is used adverbially to modify "create the city."

So the phrase works logically with the rest of the sentence.

It is also a good match for what precedes "as well as," since "with bricks and mortar" works adverbially, and what appears before "as well as," "politically and socially," is essentially two adverbs.

So, the parallel elements associated with "as well as" are "politically and socially" and "with bricks and mortar."


Hi

But with is a preposition. And if as well as is a parallelism marker, can we say that with Bricks and mortar is parallel to for themselves, politically and socially?

For and with both are prepositions, and we need a preposition(although not the same one).
So won't the parallelism entities then be

with bricks and mortars AND for themselves, politically and socially.

Can you try explaning this logic?

Thank you for your time.

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Nitesh, you are overly focused on parts of speech in your assessment of parallel structure. You have to consider logic and the functions of sentence elements.

The fact that "for" and "with" are both prepositions does not mean that "for themselves, politically and socially" and "with bricks and mortar" are parallel elements. You have to determine which elements have similar functions, not just contain similar parts of speech.

In this case, the two elements that have similar functions are "politically and socially" and "with bricks and mortar," as both of those elements modify "create the city for themselves."
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New post 17 Mar 2019, 08:59
Hello GMATNinja VeritasKarishma,

For this question I chose option B, but looking at Veritas Explanation I see where I went wrong.
To understand it better, can I see it in a way that the phrase ( sentence fragment) politically and socially is an essential modifier to sentence and thus needs to be included and thus we use as well as

Please shed some light.

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