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    Which of the following sentences is acceptable?

    1. My uncle set a record by running five kilometers backwards.
    2. My uncle set a record by running backwards for five kilometers.

    3. The test is so difficult that I don't even have a slim chance of passing it.
    4. The test is so difficult that I even have no chance to pass it.

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    Default Re: a slim chance of

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Which of the following sentences is acceptable?

    1. My uncle set a record by running five kilometers backwards.
    2. My uncle set a record by running backwards for five kilometers.

    3. The test is so difficult that I don't even have a slim chance of passing it.
    4. The test is so difficult that I even have no chance to pass it.
    2 and 3 are OK.

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    Default Re: a slim chance of

    I have no problem with #1.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: a slim chance of

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have no problem with #1.
    Me either.

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    Default Re: a slim chance of

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Me either.
    As a conservative speaker of BrE, I have a problem with that. I know it's acceptable in AmE, but it jars horribly with me. For me it has to be 'me neither'.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: a slim chance of

    I didn't think about it at all, so I guess that is my natural reaction.

    If I worded it differently, I would have said "Neither do I."

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    Default Re: a slim chance of

    tangent - vocabulary oddity that's just occurred to me:

    When you have a slim chance of doing something you're more likely to succeed than if you had a fat chance of doing it (although it's still unlikely. If someone says you have a fat chance of doing something, they don't think you have 'a snowball's chance in hell'.

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