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When joining two simple sentences I was told you cant use a comma this example seems to contradict that "The Big Cop flicks out his cuffs, the other cops holding a bead." Stylistically I love to write like this instead of a period or semi colon I find the sentence flows better, so some advice would be appreciated.

Is it because "the other cops" is dependent in some way? If so any advice on how to identify dependent clauses would be appreciated.

Last edited by Serpinitha
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Hello, Serpinitha, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

@Serpinitha posted:

When joining two simple sentences I was told you cant use a comma this example seems to contradict that "The Big Cop flicks out his cuffs, the other cops holding a bead."

Please, next time you quote something mention the source (please refer to the Guidelines at the top).

The sentence you quoted is fine because the second part is known as an absolute construction formed by a subject and a non-tensed predicate. This construction needs to be set off by a comma and is dependent on the main clause that precedes it.

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