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lazarius
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 10:58:43 AM

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Which is more natural

1. ... but the odds against are so long that ...
2. ... but the odds against are so great that ...
?

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 1:58:55 PM

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Hi!

According to the ngram viewer, "great odds" is more common.

However, I am more familiar with 'long odds'.
Both the British and American dictionaries show a specific definition of "long" which concerns probability.

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lazarius
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 2:16:04 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
However, I am more familiar with 'long odds'.

Thank you!

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