It follows two sisters— one is devoted to her faith, the other breaks the community's strict rules.

What would we class this type of clause ? (one is this, the other is this)

What part is the main clause ?

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It is a "comma splice", but a fairly harmless one. Each part is a complete sentence, but the two sentences are linked. By splicing the two sentences with a comma the author indicates that they should be read and understood together. You could punctuate differently using a semicolon to avoid the splice:

It follows two sisters: One is devoted to her faith; the other breaks the community's strict rules.

Comma splices are generally considered to be poor punctuation and should be avoided, but this one is fairly harmless.

  • Particularly in informal writing
    – Mary
    Commented Apr 26, 2022 at 1:04

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