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Chance and opportunity Unit 68

Unit 68

Chance and opportunity


(a) Chance of -ing


Мы говорим: `someone has a (good) chance of

doing something' (чтобы сдать экзамен, победить

в матче и т.д.):


- Do you think I have a chance of passing the examination?

- We have a very good chance of winning the match.


Мы также можем сказать

any/no/little/much chance:


- I don't think I have much chance of finding a job.

- He has no chance of passing the examination.


Мы также можем сказать `stand a chance of

doing something':


- He doesn't stand a chance of passing the examination.


Мы также можем сказать `What are the chances

of something (happening)?':


- What are the chances of success?

- What are my chances of passing the examination?


Мы также можем сказать `there is a chance of

something happening' или `there is a chance

that something will happen':


- Is there any chance of you lending me some money until tomorrow?

- There is a chance that I'll be late home this evening.


(b) Chance to do something


Мы употребляем `chance to do something' когда

слово chance означает время или возможность

сделать что-то. (`Chance of -ing' - менее

употребительно в данном значении.)


- `Have you read the book I lent you?' `No, I haven't had a chance to

look at it yet.' (= I haven't had time / an opportunity to look at it)

- We didn't have much chance to talk to each other when we last met.

(= we didn't have much time/opportunity to talk)

- These days I don't get much chance to watch television. I'm too busy.


(c) Opportunity


Обычно мы говорим `opportunity to do something'

(выражение opportunity of -ing также употребимо):


- I have the opportunity to study in the United States for a year. Do you

think I should go? (= the chance to study)

- After the lecture there will be an opportunity to ask questions.


Вы можете сказать any/no/little/much/plenty of/

more opportunity:


- Do you have much opportunity to speak English?

(= much chance to speak)

- We live near the mountains, so we have plenty of opportunity to go



Не говорите `possibility to do something':


- I had the opportunity to study in Canada. (но не `possibility to study')

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