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    oksuz_ is offline Member
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    of being/to be

    Hi,

    There is still one chance left of being able to find out what happened.
    There is still one chance left to be able to find out what happened.

    What is the difference, if any, between these two sentences in meaning?

    thank you.

  2. #2
    J&K Tutoring Guest

    Re: of being/to be

    Please number your examples in future.

    1. There is still one chance left of being able to find out what happened.
    2. There is still one chance left to be able to find out what happened.


    I do see a difference in meaning, and it comes from a difference in the way we think about the word chance:

    In #1, chance of means the probability: What are the odds of finding out? There's not much chance of rain today. "One chance of" is a bit of a stretch. This sentence would be better as: There is still a small chance left of being able to find out what happened.

    In #2, chance to means an opportunity: She left before I got a chance to thank her for her help.

    Your sentences are both redundant.

    There is still a small chance left of finding out what happened.
    There is still one chance left to find out what happened.

    Of these last two, I prefer the second.

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