She was an antisocial person, either that or she was a sociopath.

As opposed to:

She was an antisocial person. Either that or she was a sociopath.

Is the first case grammatical? Why or why not?

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    The question is about the most appropriate pause after person. The construction works with a comma. I should prefer a semi-colon. it doesn't work with a full stop (period) because the second half is not an independent sentence. – Ronald Sole Mar 17 at 16:02
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    I think by all normal standards, the comma version isn't valid orthography. – FumbleFingers Mar 17 at 17:56
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    Neither version looks 100% grammatical by strict rules, but both of them look fine as a reflection of how people actually speak. To me, the version with a comma sounds like a shorter pause than the period. – stangdon Mar 18 at 11:46

The second one sounds natural for either speaking or writing, with a comma added like this.

"She was an antisocial person. Either that, or she was a sociopath."

The first one sounds natural in a casual spoken conversation, but would look too casual in something like a book.

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