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    Post correct scentence?

    I am not sure if the following scentence is correct or if I need a comma (or a semi-colon) after "plays".

    Joe enjoys plays but Emily prefers concerts.

    any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: correct scentence?

    The following are correct:

    Independent clause + Comma + Dependent clause:
    [1] Joe enjoys plays, but Emily prefers concerts.

    Independent clause + Semicolon + Independent clause:
    [2] Joe enjoys plays; Emily prefers concerts.

    Note that,

    Some writers feel the coordinating conjunction (e.g., but) is adequate separation in a sentence with short, balanced independent clauses.

    Independent clause + Conjunction + Independent clause:
    [3] Joe enjoys plays but Emily prefers concerts. <no comma>

    If there is ever any doubt, use the comma, as it is always correct in this situation.

    Source: http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

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