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    Question about independent clauses

    Nursing homes that violate regulations have
    become an important statewide problem, and it
    has become a hot political issue.
    (A) an important statewide problem, and it has
    become
    (B) a problem of statewide importance, that is
    (C) a problem of statewide importance; it was,
    therefore
    (D) an important statewide problem that is
    (E) an important statewide problem, which
    they have become

    Why letter ''b'' inflict a comma splice?? ''that is a hot political issue'' sounds as an explanatory dependent clause...

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    Re: Question about independent clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by GuilhermeRM View Post
    Nursing homes that violate regulations have
    become an important statewide problem, and it
    has become a hot political issue.
    (A) an important statewide problem, and it has
    become
    (B) a problem of statewide importance, that is
    (C) a problem of statewide importance; it was,
    therefore
    (D) an important statewide problem that is
    (E) an important statewide problem, which
    they have become

    Why letter ''b'' inflict a comma splice?? ''that is a hot political issue'' sounds as an explanatory dependent clause...
    (D) is the correct choice. In (B), the comma is wrong, it makes an unnatural pause..

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    Re: Question about independent clauses

    But ''that is'' is the same thing as ''which is'', right? Since the second part - ''a hot political issue'' - is explaining what is or what imply an important statewide problem, so necessarily a comma is supplied! What is going wrong with this thought?=(

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    Re: Question about independent clauses

    ''that'' can't be a nonrestrictive relative, so rests letter ''d'', which imply that the second part of the sentece is a restrictive clause... But simply sounds it is not!! =(

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