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    Punctuation: Colon / Semicolon

    I need help with colons/semicolons

    Here is my example:


    There is hardly any reason to be happy in the DPRK: the people are the most repressed, the most isolated and the poorest people in the world.


    Is the use of the colon acceptable or should I use a semicolon?


    I've consulted a number of websites, and they are somewhat contradictory:
    Grammarbook.com : http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/semicolons.asp
    University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exerci...al/page_05.htm



    The matter is: In my example "hardly any reason to be happy in the DPRK"
    I used a colon because according to the grammar book in certain circumstances I can use a colon: when the second sentence is an explanation of the first. (Can I use a colon after 'colon' in this sentence, when the second sentence is an explanation of the first.)


    Is there an easy way to sort this out?
    I think this is all the fault of the grammar books!

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    Re: Punctuation: Colon / Semicolon

    I would use a semicolon in your sentence.

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    Re: Punctuation: Colon / Semicolon

    I'd use a semicolon or a dash. In addition, the second half is clunky with repetition of the definite article and the word "people". I would change it to "The people are the most repressed, isolated and poor in the world".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Punctuation: Colon / Semicolon

    Thanks a lot! This was just the first sentence of a paragraph which I wrote about NK.
    What do you think about the remaining sentences - especially the use of a second semicolon?

    There is hardly any reason to be happy in the DPRK; the people are the most repressed, isolated and the poor in the world; they are reigned by a despot whose main job is to keep the people controlled and himself in power. After the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the economy of North Korea collapsed. For one thing it was due to the lack of further funding by the Soviet Union and last but not least by an economic mismanagement after a dreadful drought in the North East of the country.

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    Re: Punctuation: Colon / Semicolon

    Can you back up your claims with facts? I am concerned that this piece is verging on being dangerously political.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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