English : Availed Of





Which is correct?

He availed the opportunities.

Or

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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