1

Let's say you want to write one of the following:

I am very happy; I just won $100.

I am very happy: I just won $100.

It is my understanding that both of the above sentences are grammatically correct. How, then, would you decide which to use? Is there a subtle difference between them?

1
  • 3
    The colon says "and here's why." Jul 15, 2016 at 0:42

1 Answer 1

2

Depends on what you want to say.

As stated in the comment, colon says

and here's why, or because

so your sentence would be

I'm very happy because I won $100.

That seems to be what you want to say, because they are correlated.

But a semicolon separates independent clauses, and can be written with a period. So you are saying,

I'm very happy. I won $100.

So it depends on you, but 99 out on 100 cases, go with my 1st one.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.