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    #1

    Which one is correct?

    1) They bought the blue one but did not buy the red one.
    2) They bought the blue one and did not buy the red one.

    Which one is correct?

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    #2

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Both are unnatural.

    They bought the the blue one rather than the red one.

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    #3

    Re: Which one is correct?

    3) They bought the blue one but they did not buy the red one.

    Is this more natural?

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    #4

    Re: Which one is correct?

    I am not a teacher.

    As always in English, context is everything.
    If they were hesitating between the blue one and the red one and finally decided on the blue one then, "They bought the blue one rather than the red one", would sound natural.

    If, on the other hand, you are simply stating a fact, "They bought the blue one, not the red one", would do.

    If you were conducting an experiment in behavioural science and commenting on the results, 1) or 3) would sound fine.
    Sentence 2) feels decidedly unnatural because you are using the conjunction and to connect a positive clause to a negative one; they did this and they didn't do that.

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    #5

    Re: Which one is correct?

    goodstudent, you have been a member long enough to know that

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

    A better title would have been and or but?

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