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    chance vs opportunity

    What is the difference between chance and opportunity?

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    Re: chance vs opportunity

    The way I see it, "chance" has to do more with unexpectedness in quite a number of cases. Consider the following sentence:

    Leave nothing to chance.

    That is "study whatever you are up to carefully and watch out".

    On the other hand, "opportunity" implies more than just chance:

    For more than two centuries, America has been a beacon of hope and opportunity for people from around the world.

    I found this nifty explanation by an Englishman online:"A chance is available in a situation where you are surprised or you had not expected it to happen. In a sentence like: As we were in the city at the time we had a chance to visit the museum.
    Here this is something that we had not planned. In this sentence: If children work hard at school, they have an opportunity to go on to higher education. Here this is something that is planned and can also lead on to something else."

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    Thumbs up Re: chance vs opportunity

    Thanks a lot for your help.

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