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I have been given a section, and I need to revise the same.

People felt that he had “gone mad” or that the harbored some “secret sin;” while others felt it was “an eccentric whim.”

The revised section

People felt that he had “gone mad” or that he harbored some “secret sin”; while others felt it was “an eccentric whim.”

Are the revisions satisfactory?

Is the semicolon to be replaced by a comma?

If yes, why?

Kindly explain.

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Hhere''s my version. I've deleted the quote marks, although you may wish to replace them if those are indeed direct quotes.

Use a coma istead of a semi-colon. What follows a semi-colon must be able to work as a stand-alone sentence. while begins a subordinate clause.

People felt that he had gone mad or that the he harbored some secret sin, while others felt it was an eccentric whim.

Clive
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People felt that he had “gone mad” or harbored some “secret sin”, while others felt it was “an eccentric whim".

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/comma-before-while/

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