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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?

    Thanks.

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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?)
    Last edited by tedmc; 26-Sep-2017 at 08:35.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Odds

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    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.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Odds

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

    Could you explain point 1, please?

    Thanks.

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    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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    Re: Odds

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    "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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    Re: Odds

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "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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    Re: Odds

    They can be, depending on the context.

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