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  • Please let me know if there is a chance that we meet somewhere in or outside Chicago.
  • Please let me know if there is a chance to meet somewhere in or outside Chicago.

Which one between these two sentences is correct?

Context: Depending on the availability of a friend, I want him to let me know if there is a chance that we can meet (or to meet) somewhere. The complete sentence is: "Depending on how far you live from Chicago and your availability, and knowing that I won't be available on the 4th of December, please let me know if there is a chance to meet somewhere in or outside Chicago".

  • What are you trying to say? Please give us some context for this sentence! – Catija Nov 24 '16 at 21:38
  • @Catija I have added some additional information. – din Nov 24 '16 at 21:43
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The second option reads like you're asking a general, open-ended question about possibility of meeting. It's almost like a question about statistics, given your context.

The first option reads like you're trying to make an appointment/arrangement to meet, which seems to fit your context better. So, the first sentence is correct, in this context.

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    The first example is not correct because it's missing the word "could". – Catija Nov 25 '16 at 0:36
  • The second sentence sounds fine to me. Since it is slightly shorter, I would prefer it. – Philip Roe Aug 15 '17 at 0:39
  • I disagree, I'd actually say the opposite. "A chance that we meet" implies they'd run into each other randomly on the street; "a chance to meet" suggests OP wants to schedule a meeting. – Kevin Oct 31 '17 at 19:11
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Please let me know if there is a chance that we meet somewhere in or outside Chicago.

To me, this is asking about the probability of randomly encountering them in public.

I don't know Barack Obama, but he and I will both be in Cook County next week so there's a chance that we meet somewhere in or outside Chicago.


Please let me know if there is a chance to meet somewhere in or outside Chicago.

This is closer to what you're looking for, but I'd suggest "if you have a chance…"

Please let me know if you have a chance to meet up somewhere in or outside Chicago.

If you actually know them and have gotten together in the past, you may want to be a bit more direct

Hey Barack, I'll be near Chicago next week. Are you free to meet up some time then?

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