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    John was in a bad mood for days

    I am wondering if my simile makes sense. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    John was in a bad mood for days, like a party leader who had a short time ago lost a general election.

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    Re: John was in a bad mood for days

    On a grammatical note, I'd change "a short time ago" to the neater "recently". On a technical note, party leaders don't lose a general election, in the UK at least. Here, party leaders are elected in a separate vote by the members of the party. At a general election, the different areas of the UK vote for individual people who represent a variety of parties. All those votes are added up and they result in a party having a majority (usually). Of course, voters' opinion of the overall leader of a particular party can lead them to choose/not choose the representative of that party in their local area.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: John was in a bad mood for days

    If I rephrase my sentence like this would that make sense:

    John was in a bad mood for days, like the Prime Minister who had recently lost a general election.

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    Re: John was in a bad mood for days

    Everyone will understand what you mean but I have to make the same comment I did last time - a Prime Minister doesn't lose a general election. If his/her party doesn't win the general election, he/she loses the post of Prime Minister.
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    Re: John was in a bad mood for days

    I agree with ems - technically. However, many native speakers do speak of prime ministers and party leaders winning and losing general elections, especially if they are named:

    Brown lost
    Cameron won
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    Re: John was in a bad mood for days

    Another nit-picky point. If the British Prime Minister's party does not win the election outright, the Prime Minister does not cease to hold office until s/he resigns, usually when another person can cobble together a majority in the House of Commons. Edward Heath remained PM for four days in 1974 after failing to secure a majority, and Gordon Brown did not resign as PM until five days after 'losing' the 2010 election.

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