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Are both senteces natural? Or how would you say them? We did it despite all these negative odds. We did it despite all these negative circumstances.
Nov 17, 2016 6:15 PM
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In both sentences leave out "all these" and in the second find a better word than "circumstances". I can't call it wrong. It's just vague and ambiguous, and it sounds awkward and unnatural for some reason.
November 18, 2016
odds is comparative. What are the odds of lightning striking? Answer might be 1 in 1,000,000. circumstances is a set group (usually an unspecified amount) of items. The circumstances surrounding the choice of puppies was dependent on how many puppies were there at the time. In this case there is a limited set of circumstances that might include puppy color, size, age, but also includes the number of puppies to choose from.
November 17, 2016
I'd suggest: "We did it despite the odds not being in our favor"
November 17, 2016
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