An Introduction to Prozeugma
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- While at church Andy played guitar, Aaron piano, and James violin.
Here, the prozeugma is “played” and without it the sentence will be written: “While at church Andy played guitar, Aaron played piano, and James played violin.
No one will be harassed for constructing a lengthy sentence, but the version with prozeugma brings about elegance, pace, and vibrancy which is key for rhetorical effect.