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In my native language, in this case, a comma before "but" would be necessary. So I would naturally feel the need to put it there. But what about the English language? Why shouldn't be there a comma? Is there any specific rule to that?

Example: ...it’s often followed by a comma but it doesn’t have to be, especially if it’s short.

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If the clause following but is a direct reference to the preceding clause, you don't need a comma. If you are introducing a new or expanded idea after but, you do need a comma.

I thought I would be able to complete the task but I could not.

However,

I am able to play the piano very well, but I can't read music at all.

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