How would you finish the following sentence using a parallel structure: "Celebrating my birthday means sleeping late, eating a good dinner and...?"

Answer

Here are three versions, all of which are in parallel structure but use a different form. The first uses the "ing" verb, the second uses a present tense verb form, and the third uses the infinitive "to" form of the verb. Notice that in the 3rd sentence I only include the "to" before the first item in the series, so that I am not too repetitive; however, you could put "to" in front of each item and the sentence would be correct.

For me, celebrating my birthday always includes sleeping late, eating a good dinner, having family and friends over to celebrate, and blowing out the candles on my birthday cake.

To enjoy my birthday to the utmost, I always sleep late, eat a good dinner, have friends over to celebrate and blow out the candles on my birthday cake with plenty of pomp and ceremony.

Celebrating my birthday means I get to sleep late, eat a good dinner, have my friends over, and blow out the candles on my cake.

Updated on April 1, 2018

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