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    Lenka is offline Senior Member
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    When shall I use the word "election" in singular and when in plural (elections)?

    (source: Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press)
    1. The Government is expected to call an election (= allow the country to vote) very soon.
    Could the plural noun "elections" be used in the sentence? (instead of the singular "election")

    2. Local government elections will take place in May.
    Would it be correct to say just "...government election will..." ?

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    Election <one election>
    Elections <more than one election>

    Does that help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Election <one election>
    Elections <more than one election>

    Does that help?
    I'm sorry, but... No, it doesn't.

    You must think I am completely stupid, am I right?

    What does more "elections" mean, actually? Does it mean e.g. general election + election of a president?


    Local government elections will take place in May.
    I don't understand how there can be more than one election in May... Is it one election held in a few days?


    I assume I can't understand the difference because in Czech, we use just the plural for this meaning...

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    In Britain, local government elections are held in the districts concerned, so there will be more than one lot of elections going on (We have just been through a round of elections - some 250 councils were being elected).

    This is in contrast to a "General Election" when the whole country goes to the polls in order to vote in a new Government.

    Usage is difficult to specify as it will depend on the country and its political systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    In Britain, local government elections are held in the districts concerned, so there will be more than one lot of elections going on (We have just been through a round of elections - some 250 councils were being elected).

    This is in contrast to a "General Election" when the whole country goes to the polls in order to vote in a new Government.

    Usage is difficult to specify as it will depend on the country and its political systems.
    Thanks, I think I can see the difference now!

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