Grammar Patterns

N of n

The 'possibility' group

The noun indicates a degree of likelihood that something will happen. The noun group after of indicates what may happen.
Labour would aim to give all three and four-year-olds the chance of a nursery school place.
Wool carpets may increase the risk of asthma in children, research into house dust mites has found.
The threat of a trade war between America and China receded, after an agreement to freeze imports of Chinese textiles for three years.
The preposition of is often followed by an '-ing' clause.
The Republican leader has not ruled out the possibility of running for president next year.
The preposition of is often followed by a noun group and an '-ing' clause. This pattern is N of n -ing.
There is no prospect of this situation improving.
  • chance
  • danger
  • hope
  • likelihood
  • possibility
  • prospect
  • risk
  • threat
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