Consistency: Lists

Items in a list should be in the same parts of speech: all nouns, all verbs, all adjectives, etc.

NOUNS Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
We had beans, peppers, and drank tequila.
Consistent,
Parallel
We had beans, peppers, and tequila.
VERBS Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
The invaders stole our women, stampeded our cattle, and burning our taverns.
Consistent,
Parallel
The invaders stole our women, stampeded our cattle, and burned our taverns.
ADJECTIVES Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
Buzz Killington told a long, boring, and off-the-point story.
Consistent,
Parallel
Buzz Killington told a long, boring, and pointless story.

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