i just read a comment on Facebook:

Future grandpa will have more chances of stealing your girlfriend.

Can I use this sentence by another way:

Future grandpa will have more chances to steal your girlfriend.

Nouns in English really make me confused.

  • chance of {something}, chance to {do something}. I studied hard, so I have a good chance of passing the exam and You can take this test up to three times. You have three chances to pass it.
    – TimR
    May 10, 2017 at 9:52

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They are different in meanings. You use "to infinitive" when it refers to an occasion that allows something to be done. You use "of-phrase" when it implies a level of possibility that something will happen. So

will have chances to steal (=will have an occasion to allow him stealing.. "

will have chances of stealing(=there will be a possibility that he will steal...)

(Cambridge Dictionary)

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    +1 for the distinction, but fixing a typo (to stealing)
    – TimR
    May 10, 2017 at 9:47
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo and "changes" too, thanks. May 10, 2017 at 9:51
  • Note that this is a lexical property of the word "chance", not a general comment about English grammar.
    – Colin Fine
    May 10, 2017 at 10:45

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