Thread: What are the odds? v.s What is the odds?

1. What are the odds? v.s What is the odds?

Hi all,

I am a bit confused about "what are the odds?". To the best of my knowledge, it basically means "what is the probability (or the chance?)".
But I've found that it has some different meanings.

What I am wondering is...

1. Is there any diffence between what ARE the odds and what IS the odds?
(One of my coworker from the U.K said she uses both of them in the same way)

2. Is there any other meanings that either of them has except the one I mentioned above?

I've found below on the net.
what's the odds?
it's not important; it doesn't matter
Example: We didn't win the competition but what's the odds?

Someone told me that it sometimes means "a situation or something is a bit weird".

Anyone who helps make this clear for me would be much appreciated.

Chris

2. Re: What are the odds? v.s What is the odds?

Originally Posted by toskim
Hi all,

Welcome!

I am a bit confused about "what are the odds?". To the best of my knowledge, it basically means "what is the probability (or the chance?)". Yes, that is one meaning. You actually want to know what the probability is.
But I've found that it has some different meanings.

What I am wondering is...

1. Is there any diffence between what ARE the odds and what IS the odds?
In North America, people don't say "What is the odds?"

(One of my coworker from the U.K said she uses both of them in the same way)

2. Are there any other meanings that either of them has besides the one I mentioned above? See below.

I've found below on the net.
what's the odds?
it's not important; it doesn't matter
Example: We didn't win the competition but what's the odds? I don't know what this is supposed to mean.

Someone told me that it sometimes means "a situation or something is a bit weird". When something unlikely happens, people can say "What are the odds!" Here, they are not asking a question; they are saying that what happened was very unlikely, very unexpected.

Anyone who help make this clear for me would be much appreciated.

Chris
2006

3. Re: What are the odds? v.s What is the odds?

"What are the odds." is correct.
Apparently, "What's the odds", meaning 'it's not important, it doesn't matter' is an idiom somewhere in the world, but one I've never heard before. I'd suggest you avoid it, and use "What the hey" instead.

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