Comma Splices and Capitalizing I'm having trouble with commas, dialogue, and comma splices among other things. (I did a quick search, but I'd rather be specific) I was using this as an impromptu guide but it's left me confused on more occasions than not. I get that a comma splice is when you put two complete sentences together. However, maybe it's just me not recognizing independent clauses, but when I write dialogue before and after a sentence, I'm rarely sure whether to use a comma or a period to continue, or where I'm supposed to capitalize. It's starting to run rampant in my story and I don't to restrain the structure of my sentences. Here: I think I've got the red text right, since the first thing Spencer says is a fragment (right) so I begin with a comma, capitalize the first word, and end with a period to make it a complete sentence. Then I get to the bold text, now should I use a period or a comma here? And then there's the blue text. The question mark's there, so does that connect what Sasha's saying, or should I use a comma? Then, after 'smiled' where I used a comma, does 'like' get capitalized or not because of the question mark?