Correct spelling, explanation: by-election is a compound the meaning of which can be understood by taking it apart. In this context, by means next to or beside, nd so it describes the main word election – meaning literally that by-election is a secondary election beside election.
Definition of by-election:
1. An election to choose a person to fill a vacancy in a political organ.
He was very happy when it turned out he was chosen for the by-election.
By-election was organized by the local government and the attendance was high.
Incorrect spelling, explanation:
bye-election is an incorrect word because of the bye. By-election is correct and makes sense when you think about it, as by means beside or through, while bye is just a type of farewell. The pronunciation may be the same, but if you doubt the spelling, always think about which meaning is the most suitable.
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