When used as a verb avail is usually followed by of. It is the second sentence which is correct. Here are a few examples.
• The students availed of the opportunities given to them.
• The Minister availed himself of the privilege.
• They did not avail themselves of the opportunity.
This is a word usually used in formal contexts. The first syllable is like the a in China and the second rhymes with words like pale, fail and sail. The stress is on the second syllable.
Reading this list is a great fun, while expanding your vocabulary at the same time. It is meant to help to improve the vocabulary of the visitors, the students (who are preparing for various examinations), the authors, journalists, literati and all other people who are interested in improving their language skills.
By using this page, you can increase your vocabulary faster and more easily than you may realize. You can, in fact, accomplish a tremendous gain in your communication skills in less than two to three months of concentrated effort, even if you go at your own speed of a page a day.
Furthermore, you can start improving your vocabulary immediately and within a few days you can be cruising along at such a rapid rate that there will be an actual change in your thinking, in your ability to express your thoughts and in your power of understanding.
COURTESY : The Hindu (The National News-Paper) - India