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## Odds

"A mainland father said he had rented a place in the school net for about 30000 a month to improve his child's odds of getting in the school."

"Odds" in the above paragraph means advantage, probability. Am I correct?

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## Re: Odds

That should have been "the chance"."The odds" is the opposite. It is "the chance of not getting something".

What do you mean by:
- mainland father
- school net
- 3000 ( currency?)
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## Re: Odds

Originally Posted by tedmc
That should have been "the chance"."The odds" is the opposite. It is "the chance of not getting something".

What do you mean by:
- mainland father
- school net
- 3000 ( currency?)
Actually, it is an article on today's newspaper.

1. Mainland father : father from Mainland China

2. School net : schools allocated for pupils living in certain zone of the city

3. HK\$

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## Re: Odds

Originally Posted by Ju
Actually, it is an article on today's newspaper.

1. Mainland father : father from Mainland China Using "Mainland" as a proper noun may work.

2. School net : schools allocated for pupils living inwithin a certain zone of the city "School vicinity" may work

3. HK\$ The number does not mean anything without the unit/currency
See my notes above.

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## Re: Odds

Originally Posted by tedmc
See my notes above.
Dear Tedmc,

Could you explain point 1, please?

Thanks.

6. ## Re: Odds

When 'Mainland' is used as a proper noun, as in 'A Mainland father', the first letter 'M' should be capitalized.

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Originally Posted by Ju
"Odds" in the above paragraph means advantage, probability. Am I correct?
Thanks.
Yes, it means probability. [It does not mean advantage.]

Take a look at entry #1.1 in the link below.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/odds

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Originally Posted by tedmc
"The odds" is the opposite. It is "the chance of not getting something".
That is incorrect. See above.

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## Re: Odds

Chance and probability are the same thing, no?

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They can be, depending on the context.

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