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    Default the chance to win or of winning

    I s it correct to say 'I have got the chance to win the competition or I have got the chance of winning the competition'?

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    Default Re: the chance to win or of winning

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    I s it correct to say 'I have got the chance to win the competition or I have got the chance of winning the competition'?
    They are both unnatural.

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    Default Re: the chance to win or of winning

    What is the natural way of expressing it then?

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    Default Re: the chance to win or of winning

    Informally, you could say "I've got the chance to win the competition."

    or "I've got the chance of winning the competition."

    Normally, you wouldn't expand "I've got". Additionally, I've got simply means I have in informal AmEnglish.

    In formal situations, you could say "I have the chance to win the competition."

    or "I have the chance of winning the competition."

    Hope that helps.

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    Default Re: the chance to win or of winning

    Quote Originally Posted by asdf1234 View Post
    Informally, you could say "I've got the chance to win the competition."

    or "I've got the chance of winning the competition."

    Normally, you wouldn't expand "I've got". Additionally, I've got simply means I have in informal AmEnglish.

    In formal situations, you could say "I have the chance to win the competition."

    or "I have the chance of winning the competition."

    Hope that helps.
    NOT A TEACHER

    I would use "a" instead of "the".

    I have a chance to win the competition.
    I have a chance of winning the competition.

    I'm not sure if this is entirely natural, but it sounds much better to me.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 03-Oct-2012 at 00:15.

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    Default Re: the chance to win or of winning

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    I would use the "a" instead of "the".

    I have a chance to win the competition.
    I have a chance of winning the competition.

    I'm not sure if this is entirely natural, but it sounds much better to me.

    That's how I would say it. It sounds more natural.

    I don't know anybody that would say "the chance" because it sounds like there is only one chance total. While "a chance" implies many.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Default Re: the chance to win or of winning

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    That's how I would say it. It sounds more natural.

    I don't know anybody that would say "the chance" because it sounds like there is only one chance total. While "a chance" implies many.
    Not at all times "a chance" would work. You're right, the chance "sounds like there is only one chance total." Thus, the only way to state this if you only have one chance to do something is to use "the chance", not "a chance". My initial response is only based on the original sentence: "I have got the chance to win the competition or I have got the chance of winning the competition". However, in terms of frequency "a chance" is more commonly used than "the chance" without considering any type of context.

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    Default Re: the chance to win or of winning

    Quote Originally Posted by asdf1234 View Post
    Thus, the only way to state this if you only have one chance to do something is to use "the chance", not "a chance".
    This is not correct for this context. You say a chance of winning. You have one chance and I have another, but there will only be one winner. You use the chance/opportunity for something that is an offer (the chance/opportunity to work for them) and not for a possibility in a competition.

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    Default Re: the chance to win or of winning

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    This is not correct for this context. You say a chance of winning. You have one chance and I have another, but there will only be one winner. You use the chance/opportunity for something that is an offer (the chance/opportunity to work for them) and not for a possibility in a competition.
    If you say that "I have a chance of winning" that means that you can have several chances of winning. However, if you say that "I have the chance of winning" that means that you have been given one and only chance of winning or simply, you want to emphasize your own chance of winning. Usually, that's the main use of the definite article - to emphasize the noun you're talking about. Also, you are looking at a person's chance of winning in comparison with others'. In my explanation, I'm looking at the person's one and only chance of winning.

    Hope that makes it clearer.

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    Default Re: the chance to win or of winning

    It makes your reasoning clearer, but it's still wrong.

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