Is this correct? I am unsure if I should put a colon or semi-colon instead of a comma before "but" in the following sentence:

In this appeal, the question is not “What would I have done had I been in the Respondent’s shoes?”, but rather “Was the Respondent’s decision patently unreasonable?”

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It is correct.

"But" is a coordinating conjunction which connects the parts that pose a contrast. The part after your comma is not a sentence and cannot stand on its own; therefore, using a colon or semi-colon seems inadvisable.

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