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    Default farce election/election farce/farcical election

    If I don't like the way elections are held in China, I can say:

    They are all farce elections.

    They are all election farces.

    They are all farcical elections.


    Are all three ways to express the despisal ok?

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    Default Re: farce election/election farce/farcical election

    I would use a different word. I would say the elections are fraudulent.

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    Default Re: farce election/election farce/farcical election

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I would use a different word. I would say the elections are fraudulent.

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    You are right. I remember the word 'farce' is used to refer to trials of dissidents in Stalinist Soviet Union. Is that really unapplicable to describe phony elections?

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    Default Re: farce election/election farce/farcical election

    I would say that "farce" is okay, but to use it as a noun, not as an adjective.

    The elections are a farce.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: farce election/election farce/farcical election

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    You are right. I remember the word 'farce' is used to refer to trials of dissidents in Stalinist Soviet Union. Is that really unapplicable to describe phony elections?
    I would use the word "farce" if it is something not to be taken seriously. That is why the trials of dissidents in the former Soviet Union were called show trials. They were not really trials. They were shows. Theater.

    (I agree with Barb.)


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