In Hungarian it is the case. We say "elections" very often when there is an election, so this translation did not strike me as extraordinary. The most probable explanation for this linguistic phenomena is that on election day, many people vote in many election districts, thus there are in fact little "elections"...
@ rspreng.... you have made my point exactly, by your use of winning. In English as I know it in the present it would be. He is winning the election/s or if it is a fact even if the election is not over. He won the election. I suppose if he had an election every week you could say. He wins the elections, but even this sounds crazy.
If "He wins elections" is a valid sentence in English, and I contend it is, then how would you say it in Spanish? I think "Él gana las elecciones", and various translation programs agree. If correct, then DL should accept the English above as a valid translation of the Spanish, and not tweak me for leaving out the article "the", which is arguably unnecessary and ma be awkward English depending on the context, which DL does not provide.
I have to ask a stupid question-- is it gana and feminine because elecciones is feminine? and it is gano when it involves sports? It seems odd to me that the verb takes the gender of the game or the election and not the subject. Or is election actually the subject in this sentence? the elections are the won doing the winning and he is just along for the ride?
It's because how spanish accentuation rules work. There are four main types of words in spanish according to their tonic syllables, not sure what names they receive in english so here they are:
1) Agudas u oxítonas: Those having their tonic syllable in the last position of the word, like: SoFÁ, cantiDAD, tambiÉN, paPEL, ruBÍ, acTRIZ, elecCIÓN, aMOR, meNÚ and avesTRUZ.
These words are only accentuated with the "tilde" (´) or accent mark if they finish on a vowel (a,e,i,o,u), the letter N or the letter S.
2) Graves, llanas o paroxítonas: Those having their tonic syllable in the penultimate position of the word, like: ÁRbol, TAsa, CÉSped, PESca, diFÍcil, PIso, DÓcil, elecCIOnes, aZÚcar and voLUmen.
These words are accentuated if they end on any letter other than a vowel, the letter S or the letter N.
The word “elección” is accetuated when singular because the tonic syllable is the last one and it ends on the letter N, it’s Aguda. But when plural in “elecciones” it is the penultimate syllable the tonic one, so, as this word ends with an S letter doesn’t even get a tilde, it becomes GRAVE.
There is an exception with words ending with “ia” as a diphthong or gliding vowel, those will always get the accent over the letter “i” even if they’re still paroxítonas, like: María, antropología, biología and cacería.
3) Esdrújulas o proparoxítonas: Those having their tonic syllable in the antepenultimate position of the word, like: aMÉrica, eJÉRcito, HÍgado, FÓSforo and BRÚjula. These words will ALWAYS be accentuated.
4) Sobreesdrújulas: Those having their intonation before the antepenultimate syllable in the word, like: Ágilmente, Éticamente, rePÍteselo, DÓcilmente and diBÚjamelo. These words will also ALWAYS be accentuated.
Hope it was useful =)