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Yes, I was, Paula. There's 3 cricket clubs in Denton but I'm surmising you mean the one in Dane Bank (Denton West). I was there all the way through the game but I'm suffering now as I had a few too many.
I'll be going to the gym this week, but I'll only be doing light resistance training coupled with some light cardio. Good to hear that the wine did the trick. Be careful though as you don't want to lose that youthful skin.

These were two paragraphs I posted to a friend of mine. The question I would like to ask is this; in the first paragraph I haven't placed a comma before the word 'but', but in the second paragraph I have. Could you please advise me on how to correctly insert a comma regarding pauses in sentences in all cases.
Thank you in advance.
PS. I also wasn't sure whether or not it was correct to place a comma before the word 'but' in the question.
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Yes - I was, Paula.

There's 3 cricket clubs: 'there's' is a contraction of 'there is', and 'is' is singular. We might be able to get away in casual speech with, "There's three men waiting to see you in your office." - but the incongruence in your sentence sticks out and grates on the ear. Why be lazy in your speech?

There are three cricket clubs

'But', when it joins two clauses, indicates a contrast between two ideas. In speech, it is normal to draw attention to this contrast by a slight pause.
in Denton, : pause needed.
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There are three cricket clubs in Denton that I know of.
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He may well have a Humanitarian Award but I wouldn't want him as a friend.
Here, the comma would probably be omitted, because the 'contrast' of ideas is expressing your feeling about the man, and your feeling would be expressed directly: If you detested this man also, would YOU pause after 'Award' or spit the sentiment out?

but I'm surmising you mean the one in Dane Bank (Denton West). I was there all the way through the game, but I'm suffering now as I had a few too many.

I'll be going to the gym this week, but I'll only be doing light resistance training coupled with some light cardio. Good to hear that the wine did the trick. Be careful, though, as you don't want to lose that youthful skin.
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Of course. Thank you for correcting me regarding the correction of "there's". I will think of you when I write there are instead of there's.

PS. I still don't fully understand when or not to insert a comma before the word "but".

Regards. Stephen.
Then use a comma before every 'but'.

I guess I was trying to show that punctuation is there to assist the writer convey to reader how the written word would sound, with pauses, stresses, if the writer were actually speaking aloud. Hence, it is not inflexible.
It's finally "hit home" regarding the comma before but. The pauses and stresses in the sentence containing the word explains it perfectly. Sorry to have irked you, somewhat.

Best wishes. Stephen.
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