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I do not even get the chance of show my skills in an interview.

Someone told me that this sentence is wrong and instead should be:

I do not get the chance of show my skills in an interview.

Why there is a problem with even? I'm remarking the importance of the situation, so I consider the even is well used here.

  • I don't even get the chance of showing my skills in an interview. or use to show my skills... – Raghav Mar 29 '13 at 22:48
  • @Rag, so you have doubts that showing own skill is a problematic thing in general sense or in an interview? – user19148 Mar 29 '13 at 23:04
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    Nothing is wrong with them. Compare these with their affirmatives: I (even) got to show my skills in an interview. Both are correct, as are the initial negatives. The sentences without even mean precisely the same as the ones with even, but the ones with even imply in addition that what happened was more (or less, in the case of negatives) than the speaker expected. – John Lawler Mar 29 '13 at 23:43
  • @John,what about I (even) got of show my skills in an interview. Said the same (.. to show my skills..). – Raghav Mar 29 '13 at 23:50
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    @Rag, *got of show" is not valid English, but there are some occurrences of it in the Indian English, though. – user19148 Mar 29 '13 at 23:58
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The noun chance may be complemented with a marked infinitive (that is, to + the infinitive form of the verb):

I don't even get a chance to show my skills.

In this case, chance means opportunity.

Another collocation is chance of VERBing, where VERBing is the -ing form of a verb. In this case, however, chance means probability:

A flipped coin has a 50% chance of showing heads and a 50% chance of showing tails.

You may very well encounter the of VERBing construction in situations where the opportunity sense is intended. This was at one time acceptable, but died out in the last part of the 19th century; today it is again becoming common in informal discourse, and I would not be surprised to see it become accepted in a generation or two. For the present, however, it is not accepted in formal discourse.

I recommend that you maintain the distinction strictly in your own writing and speech; the correct uses are perfectly colloquial and will not mark you as pedantic or prim.


However, I would be surprised to still be around to see it.

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    This would have been a good answer to an interesting question that wasn't actually asked, so I'm upvoting it for that alone (I've downvoted this question itself, since it's simply concerned with the irrelevant inclusion of "even", in blissful ignorance of even the most rudimentary grammar). – FumbleFingers Mar 30 '13 at 3:38
  • @FumbleFingers Yah, I was tentative; I decided in the end that the title, What is wrong with this sentence?, took priority over the third-party answer provided in the body. – StoneyB on hiatus Mar 30 '13 at 10:58