# Odds

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#### Ju

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"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.

#### tedmc

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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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#### Ju

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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\$

#### tedmc

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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 [STRIKE]in[/STRIKE]within 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.

#### Ju

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See my notes above.

Dear Tedmc,

Could you explain point 1, please?

Thanks.

#### Matthew Wai

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

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#### teechar

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

#### tedmc

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Chance and probability are the same thing, no?

#### teechar

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They can be, depending on the context.

#### Matthew Wai

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"The odds" is the opposite. It is "the chance of not getting something".
The following definition is not a negative phrase.
1.1 (usually the odds) The chances or likelihood of something happening or being the case.
Source: the link in post #7.

#### Tdol

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Odds are about possibilities and can be positive or negative.

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or neutral.

#### teechar

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I would use "even" rather than "equal" in that context, but I suppose the odds are that's another AmE vs BrE thing. ;-)

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