Grammar Tips (문법 팁): Chance of vs. Chance for

According to Daily Writing Tips, the word chance has several meanings in English. In this post, we will find out how to use the word chance followed by the prepositions of and for.

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When the meaning of chance is opportunity, the preposition that follows is for:

Examples:

  • Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.—Oprah Winfrey 
  • Last chance for Public’s Input on 42nd St. Corridor Project
  • Entrepreneurs see a chance for profit in niche crowd-funding websites
  • The theme of this year’s MES/MOM conference is “Cloudy with a Chance for Profits.”

When the meaning of chance is possibility or probability, the preposition that follows is of:

Examples:

  • Egypt Says 90% Chance of Hidden Rooms in King Tut’s Tomb
  • “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is an American children’s book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett.
  • Los Angeles warned to brace itself for a ‘big one’: Nasa says there is a 99.9% chance of a 5.0 earthquake in the next three years
  • Weekly weather forecast: Cold, some chance of snow

In the following examples, the preposition that follows the word chance depends upon whether the intended meaning is probability, possibility, or opportunity:

  • Your chance of success will be higher if you’re born here (probability)
  • Investing in children increases their chance for success (opportunity).
  • Feldman: There’s no chance of restoring Egyptian democracy (possibility)

Note: Chance meaning opportunity may be also be followed by an infinitive. For example, “Turkey’s president sees the Paris climate summit as a chance to mend ties with Russia. In this case, the to is not a preposition, but part of the infinitive.

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