comma splices- where do I put the punctuation?

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That being said, one use of product placement, in the film, that stood out to me was when Peter Parker uses the search engine Bing to look something up.

asked Jul 16 '12 at 17:06 Lauren New member

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That being said, one use of product placement in the film that stood out to me was when Peter Parker uses the search engine Bing to look something up.

link comment answered Jul 16 '12 at 18:26 sanjay Expert
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A comma splice occurs when a comma is used to join two independent clauses without an accompanying conjunction. Your sentence does not have two independent clauses, and thus does not suffer from a comma splice problem.

 

However, you have misplaced your commas. Let's break your sentence down.

 

You start with an introductory phrase, "that being said", which you have followed by a comma. That is correct comma placement. Next, you set "in the film" apart with commas as if it were a parenthetical phrase. A parenthetical phrase (sometimes called an "aside") is a phrase that can removed without changing the meaning of the sentence. However, that is not true of "in the film". No commas are required here.

 

That being said, one use of product placement in the film that stood out to me was when Peter Parker uses the search engine Bing to look something up.

 

Your sentence remains awkward. Perhaps:

 

That being said, one use of product placement, in the film, that stood out to me occurred when Peter Parker uses the search engine Bing.

 

Or:

 

That being said, one notable use of product placement in the film occurred when Peter Parker uses the search engine Bing to look something up.

 

Because you, the author, are making the same point through the rest of your text, self-references such as "stood out to me" are considered redundant.  

link comment answered Jul 16 '12 at 18:33 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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