[Grammar] Whatever she did, it made no difference.

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Is this sentence correct?

Whatever she did, it made no difference.

Shouldn't it be?
Whatever she did made no difference.
 

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They're both OK. The first is more natural in BrE as is "It didn't matter what she did, it made no difference."
 

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Thanks emsr2d2.
Can we connect two sentences using only comma? Isn't it a comma splice problem? My teacher said it was a comma splice.

It didn't matter what she did, it made no difference.

Whatever she did, it made no difference.
 

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To avoid the comma-splice issue, I would use a semicolon (or even a full stop) in the first.

It didn't matter what she did; it made no difference.
Or
It didn't matter what she did. It made no difference.
 

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How about this one Teechar, is it comma-splice issue as well, how can we fix it?

Whatever she did, it made no difference.
 

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I don't think 'Whatever she did' constitutes a complete sentence, so there should be no comma splice.
 

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I agree with Matthew that it's not a comma splice.
 

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I don't think 'Whatever she did' constitutes a complete sentence, so there should be no comma splice.​
You are right. Thanks Matthew. Comma-splice :When you join two independent clauses with a comma and no conjunction.
 

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The sentence you quoted is not a comma splice, the sentence you wrote is.

I hope it is an acceptable comma splice above.
 

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The sentence you quoted is not a comma splice, the sentence you wrote is.
:shock:Matthew, I just quoted what Teechar stated. Actually, I didn't want to know if the sentence "Yes, it is." is a comma-splice or not. It wasn't what I wanted to know. I thought you knew it!!


the sentence you wrote is.
However, You had different idea on post #6!!
 

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The sentence you wrote is the one below:
How about this one Teechar, is it comma-splice issue as well, how can we fix it?

:shock:Matthew, I just quoted what Teechar stated.
The sentence you quoted in this thread is 'Whatever she did, it made no difference', the thread title.
However, You had different idea on post #6!!
My post #6 refers to the sentence you quoted in this thread.
 
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