Do I use a semicolon or a comma? I do not want to add a conjunction or replace the missing "cost" after gas. Both are intentionally removed.

  • Semi-colon. You'll also want a period at the end of the sentence. – Ian MacDonald Mar 18 '15 at 13:36
  • It also works fine as two sentences. A stamp cost three cents. A gallon of gas, twenty. The second sentence is an ellipsis, just like if you're asked "What would you like to buy?" and you say A gallon of gas. – Brandin Mar 18 '15 at 15:41

A stamp cost three cents; a gallon of gas, twenty.

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  • The point is (as demonstrated here and in Reg's answer), that there are two breaks of contrasting severity. There are different ways of doing that. – Andrew Leach Mar 18 '15 at 13:42

A stamp cost three cents, a gallon of gas — twenty.

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