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    Hi,

    1- My flight was delayed, so it became a good opportunity for me to do shopping. (It is OK)

    2- My flight was delayed, so it became a good opportunity for my doing shopping.

    Can we use #2 instead of #1?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    1- My flight was delayed, so it became a good opportunity for me to do shopping. (It is OK)

    2- My flight was delayed, so it became a good opportunity for my doing shopping.

    Can we use #2 instead of #1?

    Thanks.
    Both sentences would work better with the word "some" inserted before "shopping".

    But they would be even better as:

    My flight was delayed, so there was a good opportunity for me to shop.
    My flight was delayed, so there was a good opportunity for shopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    My flight was delayed, so there was a good opportunity for me to shop.
    My flight was delayed, so there was a good opportunity for shopping.
    Thanks for the answer. What I have understood is that it is a bad choice to use 'for someone's doing something' instead of 'for someone to do something'. For example:

    -My flight was delayed, so there was a good opportunity for my shopping.

    The sentence you constructed with 'for me to shop' is better. Am I right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Thanks for the answer. What I have understood is that it is a bad choice to use 'for someone's doing something' instead of 'for someone to do something'. For example:

    -My flight was delayed, so there was a good opportunity for my shopping.

    The sentence you constructed with 'for me to shop' is better. Am I right?
    In my opinion, it is.

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    Default Re: opportunity

    I find very little difference between "... a good opportunity for me to do some shopping", "... a good opportunity to do some shopping" and "... a good opportunity to shop". I find the last one the least natural.

    You are right that they are incorrect with "my".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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