Parallelism? Ever since I learned the concept of parralism after highschool, it has dogged me a bit in writing. Here is an example of what I mean: Example 1: Not even the lieutenant could react fast enough to counter his attack or run away. Example 2: Not even the lieutenant could react fast enough to counter his attack or to run away. Example 1 is something I remember learning in elementry school. Get rid of excess, repeated words. Simply saying "to counter his attack or run away" is good enough. Example 2 is something I would apply with the new rules I've learned. Perhaps it is used more for essay writing? Both look gramatically correct to me. Which one sounds better or is right?