An ELT Glossary : Parallel syntax


  • Definition : The repetition of a sentence structure  or phrase within a piece of text,which helps to give cohesion to the text. It may be used for dramatic or rhetorical effect 


  • Example  : He didn’t do it for love; he didn’t do it for fame; he did it for money.


  • Political speeches will often use parallel syntax as a persuasive, rhetorical device. It's often found in advertisements for the same reason.