Tasmanian star in a state of uncertainty


The headline for this article about a hockey player is clever because in the article there are two aspects of uncertainty which are described with chance language.

One is associated with whether the player, Bianca Langham, will make the Olympic team and be returning or not to Tasmania. While acknowledging her chances are "pretty slim" she still holds onto the anything-can-happen hope expressed here are "you've always got a chance."

The other uncertainty is related to whether Tasmania will actually have a team in the national women's league. This is stated in terms of a "99% chance" of being in it. Although this sounds quite certain, perhaps it should be acknowledged that "you've always got a chance you'll miss out!

Language such as in this article is common in sports pages and these examples may motivate students to look for their own examples.


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