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    He is now, for the purposes of the elections the main prime-ministerial candidate.

    The rise of Mr Gandhi in the party is being seen as the rise of youth in Indian politics. He is now, for the purposes of the elections next year, the main prime-ministerial candidate. (These sentences are from a local newspaper.)

    Why is 'purposes' used instead of 'purpose'?

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    Re: He is now, for the purposes of the elections the main prime-ministerial candidate

    Both forms are acceptable.

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