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    The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

    The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

    Does it mean

    The chances are a million-to-one chance against being struck by lightning.

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    The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

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    #2

    Re: The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

    Does it mean

    The chances are a million-to-one chance against being struck by lightning.

    or

    The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

    ?

    I would say 'The chance of being struck by lightning is a million to one'.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    I would say 'The chance of being struck by lightning is a million to one'.
    But it's not. It's a million to one against, or one in a million.

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    Re: The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

    Does it mean

    The chances are a million-to-one chance against being struck by lightning.

    or

    The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

    ?
    The second sentence is better. It means your chance of being struck by lightning is 1:1,000,000 (one in a million).

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    #5

    Re: The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

    What about: The chance is one in a million....

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    #6

    Re: The chances are a million to one against being struck by lightning.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    What about: The chance is one in a million....
    Yes, but that's just leaving out "the chance of what?"

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