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I am preparing for TOEFL PPT test. I have this practice on my book

Stone Age Thuggery

if you think modern society is violent, be grateful you didn't live in Neolithic Britain. A study of 350 ancient skulls has revealed that in the Stone Age, Britons h-- a o-- in 20 cha-- of be-- bashed ov-- the he-- at so-- point i--- their li---.

The question is to fill the spaces

I solved it like this:

if you think modern society is violent, be grateful you didn't live in Neolithic Britain. A study of 350 ancient skulls has revealed that in the Stone Age, Britons has a one in 20 cha-- of being bashed over the head at some point in their lives.

I just don't know what should i put in cha--? is it chanes please?

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about OP's exam questions, which he seems to have made no effort to answer himself. – FumbleFingers Jan 10 '14 at 19:08
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It is "Britons had a one in 20 chance"

The text is about Britons in the Stone Age - so they had, not has.

x in x chance: this means how likely something is. A one in 20 chance means that, statistically, one person out of 20 people would have their head bashed in. It can be represented as 1/20, or as a ratio of people who would and people who wouldn't have their head bashed in: 1:20.

One meaning of "chance" is "the possibility of a particular outcome in an uncertain situation; also : the degree of likelihood of such an outcome " (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chance).

  • also pleas i have this filled, the researchers have found that most of the tra-- were caused by bl-- instruments can you please fill the spaces ? – user2387331 Jan 10 '14 at 12:27
  • See my comment in other answer. – nxx Jan 10 '14 at 12:29
  • would you check my new answer please ell.stackexchange.com/questions/15585/… – user2387331 Jan 10 '14 at 12:50
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It should be,

Britions had a one in 20 chance of being bashed over the head at some point in their lives.

  • pleas just one thing, why chance, and not chance s ? – user2387331 Jan 10 '14 at 12:20
  • also pleas i have this filled, the researchers have found that most of the tra-- were caused by bl-- instruments can you please fill the spaces ? – user2387331 Jan 10 '14 at 12:23
  • It's idiomatic to say a X in Y chance. It's a chance. Please note that the question already gives the hint about the use of "a". – Damkerng T. Jan 10 '14 at 12:25
  • And it should be had indeed. I didn't read that it's about the Stone Age. – Damkerng T. Jan 10 '14 at 12:27
  • "a [one in 20] chance" - it is "a chance", not "chances". The second set: I think "traumas" for the first; definitely "blunt" for the second. Does the exercise give you any hints? – nxx Jan 10 '14 at 12:28
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I don't no correct answer but I tried this
Britions had a one in chance/change of being bashed over the head at some point in their lives

  • also pleas i have this filled, the researchers have found that most of the tra-- were caused by bl-- instruments can you please fill the spaces ? – user2387331 Jan 10 '14 at 12:23
  • trail/trace ..... blow – Praveen Jan 10 '14 at 12:31

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