About "bill" and "act" Is there any difference between "bill" and "act"? All I know is that they can both mean "议案,条例“ in Chinese. And which one are used more frequently ? There are the two sentences : 1.After a long debate the bill was passed. 2.Parliament passed an act, which aimed to provide the poor with more jobs.
May 13, 2016 3:48 AM
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A proposal (draft) is known as a Bill. When it has been passed by Parliament after all the review steps and (depending where you live) approved by the Crown or an upper parliament, it becomes law and is then an Act.
May 13, 2016
Legislation is a "bill" until it is passed, when it becomes an "act".
May 13, 2016
Susanne asks a valid question (both words are used in both contexts), although I’m going to imagine you’re asking about the words in a legislative context. For one thing, that’s what your Chinese terms seem to indicate, and more importantly, it gives me an excuse to mention this funny classic video from “Schoolhouse Rock” explains how a bill becomes a law. As far as the difference between bill and act, the McMillan defines a bill as “a written document containing a proposal for a new law,” and an act (or Act) as “a law passed by a country’s government.” In other words, a bill is a formal, written proposal for a new law. If and when the bill is passed in accordance with the legislative procedures of the country in question, the bill becomes a law. In this context, “act” is synonymous with “law,” in the countable sense — a law passed by the legislature. I’m not a lawyer, of course, and I didn’t consult a legal dictionary, so this is just to give you an idea of how educated native speakers understand these terms.
May 13, 2016
Can you give us context? With regards to laws and legislation? Or to stage performances?
May 13, 2016
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