One of my friends status "worship the creator but not his creation". Is it a valid sentence? Is there any rule in but vs not usage?

  • Both are valid. I would probably put a comma in if there is no 'but' (but a comma is possible even with the 'but')
    – Colin Fine
    Commented May 26, 2017 at 17:46

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Grammatically either way is correct, however the second version requires a comma without the 'but'.

"Worship the creator but not his creation."

"Worship the creator, not his creation."

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    This is correct. I would mention a nuance. The second sentence has more the sense of a preference, advice to choose one over the other because it is a better choice. The "but" in the first sentence is more explicitly exclusionary.
    – fixer1234
    Commented May 26, 2017 at 19:22

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