We need help with colons and semicolons - and we need the definitive answer here, with examples.
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?
My English teacher is confused - and I as a student even more.
We've consulted a number of authorities, and they are somewhat contradictory: http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/semicolons.asp http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/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 we 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!
I appreciate your help and I would like to thank you in advance.