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    Bassim is offline VIP Member
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    Gina became depressed

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct. I am not sure if my second sentence makes sense.

    Gina became depressed after she broke with her boyfriend, but her friend Lidia comforted her by saying, "You're well rid of him. He isn't worth your toenail, let alone thinking of him."

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    Re: Gina became depressed

    Girlfriends and boyfriends break up.

    Isn't there a comma splice in the first sentence?

    Although not being worth your toenail is an evocative image, it isn't an English expression.
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    Re: Gina became depressed

    I didn't notice I made a comma splice. I believed I used correctly a comma and then "but". I am not sure how to correct it. Would a semicolon be correct?

    Gina became depressed after she broke up with her boyfriend; but her friend Lidia comforted her by saying...

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    Re: Gina became depressed

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I didn't notice I made a comma splice. I believed I used correctly a comma and then "but". I am not sure how to correct it. Would a semicolon be correct?

    Gina became depressed after she broke up with her boyfriend; but her friend Lidia comforted her by saying...
    Sorry, it was my mistake. There was no comma splice in your original.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Gina became depressed

    The comma was OK. The semi-colon wasn't.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Gina became depressed

    Not worth your toenail is not a standard expression.

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