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  • You are right; I'm sorry.
  • You are right, I'm sorry.

Do we use the semicolon or comma? A full stop works. Two independent clauses so perhaps the semicolon should be used.

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All are acceptable, though the meaning may be subtly different in each case. –  Kris Dec 14 '13 at 7:09
    
Is the second a comma splice? –  Student Dec 14 '13 at 7:14
    
Not if that's meant. It could mean You are right that I am sorry. (Apparently, not what you meant). –  Kris Dec 14 '13 at 7:17
    
Great, thank you Kris! –  Student Dec 14 '13 at 7:24
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It's probably more common to omit the "I'm" in the written version of the exclamative: "You are right. Sorry. / Apologies." –  Edwin Ashworth Dec 14 '13 at 8:35

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You are right; the semicolon should be deployed here. I don't like the comma splice, although some will argue that it is harmless and conventional in short informal English constructions like your example. A semicolon would be pedantic when the first "sentence" is reduced to one word: "Yes, it is" or "Thanks, I will". For two words, I prefer a semicolon. A hard case would be when the two words are so familiar as to be virtually one: "Thank you; I will" or ""Thank you, I will"? The pedant in me would prefer the former but not be offended by the latter.

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