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    get an opportunity

    http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com/dictionary/opportunity
    I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their support.
    Would it be correct to say "get" instead of take? (I see no problem with take, though.)

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    Re: get an opportunity

    No, "get" would be incorrect there.

    I have an opportunity to do something. I'm going to take it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: get an opportunity

    http://tfdssports.com/2011-articles/september/awards-for-the-raiders-2011-offseason.html
    Moore is going to
    get an opportunity to make plays for the team this year.


    Richelmi to deputise for Coletti - Yahoo! Eurosport
    Richelmi will not
    get an opportunity to test before he arrives at Monza, and said that he would be treating the weekend as an opportunity to become accustomed to the GP2 car.


    English riots: Britain's Got Talent dance star facing jail after looting stereo from Argos store - The Daily Record
    Cowell said: "I actually was very impressed with you. I like the fact that when you
    get an opportunity to change your lives, you made the most of it."


    Would these all be grammatically incorrect?

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    Re: get an opportunity

    not a teacher

    No. Your examples above my post are correct. As user Barb_D posted to get an opportunity and to take one are two different meanings.

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    #5

    Re: get an opportunity

    You may get an opportunity to do something in the future. But one you have it, you take it. Or you can ignore it.

    I wonder if I'll get an opportunity to talk privately with our CEO. If I do get that opportunity, I will take it. "Mr. CEO, I'd like to take this opportunity to let you hear some honest feedback from..."

    The problem with your original sentence is that the personal already had the opportunity. They no longer needed to get it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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