English has a strong preference for parallelism (Wikipedia link), even though sentences lacking parallelism are still considered grammatically correct:


She likes cooking, jogging, and reading.

Not as good:

She likes cooking, jogging, and to read.

I wonder if there are languages without such a preference?

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    I don’t think this is primarily a linguistic thing. The human brain likes recognisable patterns (they play a big role in how we interpret and experience the world, going all the way back to our proto-brains efficiently registering dangers in our environ), and parallelism is a neat way to generate recognisable and predictable patterns in language. I’d say it’s likely to be fairly universal. Commented Nov 18, 2023 at 2:16


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