English : Availed Of
Which is correct?
He availed the opportunities.
He availed of the opportunities.
By Mrs. Maheshwari, Sri Lanka – 13th June 2007.
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.
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