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.
I have no problem with #1.
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."
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'.