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Why is in this sentence just a comma between two clauses?

I think it is called comma splice. So why is it not wrong?


The next thing she knew, she heard a sickening thud and realized she had struck an animal.

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Why is there in this sentence just a comma between two clauses in this sentence?

It's not two clauses. The first part is a noun phrase. The comma sets it off from the rest of the sentence so the reader doesn't become confused about the structure of the sentence.

I think it is called comma splice. So why is it not wrong?

It's not a comma splice.

The next thing she knew, she heard a sickening thud and realized she had struck an animal.
The initial noun phrase acts as an adverbial of time.

See above.

CJ

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