"Marina dove into the ocean depths, her tail slapping the surface dismissively" I want to know if this is comma splice or a sort of correct usage of a clause. I don't think its adjective clause, but if it is, please add explanation why.

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    It's an absolute construction. – Brian Donovan Jan 18 '16 at 19:08
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    It's not a fragment; it's called a nominative absolute. This has been discussed before, but I didn't cite any one previous answer as a duplicate because I'm not sure which one would be the best explanation for you. Type "nominative absolute" into the search box above and see if any of the answers you get are helpful. If you still have questions after that, please ask them. – deadrat Jan 18 '16 at 19:10
  • Yes, deadrat is absolutely right. Listen to deadrat. It's a nominative absolute. – Benjamin Harman Jan 18 '16 at 19:29

This sentence is neither a fragment nor an instance of a comma splice. It is a complete sentence and is called a nominative absolute. If you enter "nominative absolute" into the search box on the upper right top of the page, you will find much more information, if needed.

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