Incorrect spelling, explanation: while opportunity is faithful to the original Latin word,
oportunity is unnecessarily changed. The deletion of the word does not make it easier to pronounce, only makes the word less similar to the original, which is rarely a point in introducing changes to already established borrowings from classical languages.
Correct spelling, explanation: the etymology of the word dates back to Latin opportunus. Opportunity became much more adapted to English grammatical standards, for example, a typical suffix for nouns – ity – was added, but besides that, the base word remained unchanged, as it usually happens in case of similar borrowings.
Definition of opportunity:
1. A chance or possibility; a situation enabling someone to do something
I just got an opportunity for a free training course and I’d be stupid not to take it!
Idioms with opportunity:
1. A golden opportunity – to have circumstances that align in a way so someone has a perfect opportunity to do something, usually implies a chance that happens very rarely.
For me, that job was a golden opportunity – it’s a shame I didn’t get it.
2. To cash in on an/the opportunity – To use the current situation for one’s advantage, usually in a negative way.
My business went into bankruptcy, so they cashed in on the opportunity and bought everything at half the price.
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