Which sentence is correctly punctuated?

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Karen123456

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'Quentin is a fine writer' does not necessarily imply that Quentin is alive, on the other hand: writers, musicians, etc., even when dead, are permitted to inhabit the present.

'Quentin is a fine writer' does not necessarily imply that Quentin is alive. On the other hand,writers, musicians, etc., even when dead, are permitted to inhabit the present.

I would like to know which sentence is punctuated correctly. Or is either fine?

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  • Karen123456

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    Which do you favour, and why?
    I prefer #2 because #1 seems to have a comma splice in punctuation as indicated below.

    'Quentin is a fine writer' does not necessarily imply that Quentin is alive, on the other hand: writers, musicians, etc., even when dead, are permitted to inhabit the present.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Copyright

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    Just an aside: I prefer #2, but I think it would be best to drop "on the other hand" entirely: "Quentin is a fine writer" does not necessarily imply that Quentin is alive: writers, musicians, etc., even when dead, are permitted to inhabit the present.
     

    Karen123456

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    Just an aside: I prefer #2, but I think it would be best to drop "on the other hand" entirely: "Quentin is a fine writer" does not necessarily imply that Quentin is alive: writers, musicians, etc., even when dead, are permitted to inhabit the present.
    Thanks, Copyright.

    I agree with you that "On the other hand" could be removed.

    "Quentin is a fine writer" does not necessarily imply that Quentin is alive; writers, musicians, etc., even when dead, are permitted to inhabit the present.

    Would it be wrong if I use a semi-colon instead of a colon?
     
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    Copyright

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    Despite my preference for a colon, which is a drum roll to your dramatic reason for saying what you've just said :))), I think you can reasonably use a semicolon.
     
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