# Social Roulette has a 1 in 6 chance of deleting your account

#### HenryPez

##### Senior Member
Hello
I read this sentence online : "Social Roulette has a 1 in 6 chance of deleting your account"
Here "Chance" is not taken as an uncountable noun so I don't understand why it is not "1 in 6 chances".
Could someone enlighten me?
thank you!

• #### ron1759

##### Senior Member
When the odds of an event occurring are stated in the form "x in y chance," they are regarded as a single item. For the same reason, the article "a" is used before them.

#### Egmont

##### Senior Member
It is a probability. Read "a 1 in 6 chance" the same as "a 0.16667 probability."

#### Packard

##### Senior Member
The article attaches to the "1", and not to the "6".

A single (one) chance in six. (The same odds as Russian roulette--and about as silly as that "game" is too.)

#### HenryPez

##### Senior Member
the source for this quotation is this website "social roulette" : http://socialroulette.net/

Just to check if I understood right because the explaination of Packard contradicts what Egmont and Ron say.
If I slighty change this probability I have to say: "you have a 2 in 6 chance" no "s" and not: "you have 2 in 6 chances". Is that right?

#### ron1759

##### Senior Member
The article attaches to the "1", and not to the "6".

A single (one) chance in six.
The article attaches to "a 1 in 6 chance." If the odds were 2 in 7, we'd say "...has a 2 in 7 chance of..."

#### Andygc

##### Senior Member
That's right: "2 in 6 chance".

#### HenryPez

##### Senior Member
ok understood. thank you very much to everybody!

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