Do we say

"The probability of that happening is..."

or

"The probabilities of that happening are..."

?

Are there any real difference between the two?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

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Do we say

"The probability of that happening is..."

or

"The probabilities of that happening are..."

?

Are there any real difference between the two?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

"The probability of that [COLOR=#D50000 !important]__happening__[/COLOR] is..." is right.

This existing thread might provide some insight. odds/probability

Thanks, boozer. Can you really say "The chances of that happening are low"? I agree that "chances" collocate with "slim" but, with "low"?If I wanted to use a plural noun, I would say 'chances' thereby making both a and b possible...

Thanks, sdgraham. A mathematical jargon-laden thread, but it does contain some posts I find useful.This existing thread might provide some insight. odds/probability

Well, it would not always be my first choice, but surely has been said before. BNC:Thanks, boozer. Can you really say "The chances of that happening are low"? I agree that "chances" collocate with "slim" but, with "low"?

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