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    fair chance

    Hello

    Is it correct to say: This certificate should entitle you to a fair chance at a job at the better language schools in the country.


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    Re: fair chance

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hello

    Is it correct to say: This certificate should entitle you to a fair chance at a job at the better language schools in the country.

    I wouldn't use the word "entitle" in this way. I would use "provide".

    This certificate should provide you with a fair chance at finding a job at one of the better language schools in the country.

    If people are entitled to something, then this means they have a right to it. I don't think a certificate could entitle one to a job or even a chance at getting a job, though it could help in finding a job.

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    Re: fair chance

    Hi

    The most unclear thing for me was: "fair chance at a job". That's just sounds strange to me :)


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    Re: fair chance

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    The most unclear thing for me was: "fair chance at a job". That's just sounds strange to me :)
    I think it's possible to take "fair" in two ways, and this is why it might sound strange.

    a fair chance - a just and equal chance or opportunity
    a fair chance - a moderately good chance

    I believe definitions seven and nine could apply here and would correspond with how I've defined "fair" above.

    Essentlally, saying "you have a fair chance at a job" is like saying "you have a good chance at getting a job".

    You could also say "a good shot at getting a job" or "a good shot at a job". That's an idiomatic expression, of course.
    Last edited by PROESL; 22-Sep-2009 at 17:10.

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