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  1. Newbie
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    Is there a constraint of not to separate two main clauses by a comma?

    Once upon a time I learnt that it is absolutely inadmissible to separate two main clauses by a comma, as for example like this:

    "John was smoking his pipe, the weather outside was ghastly."

    Is this still true or have the rules been altered?

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    Re: Is there a constraint of not to separate two main clauses by a comma?

    The rule still holds.

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