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I am qualified to have the opportunity for this beautiful journey for many reasons.

I am qualified to have the opportunity to this beautiful journey for many reasons.

Which is more correct in formal English?

  • Your question isn't about the preposition after "qualified"; it's about the one after "opportunity". But while "I am qualified to have the opportunity ..." is grammatical, it sounds like you don't know the meaning of "qualified". – Peter Shor Nov 3 '13 at 17:45
  • @PeterShor so should i say? i am qualified for this beautiful journey ? – Marco Dinatsoli Nov 3 '13 at 18:07
  • Marco, @Peter means that your question title is incorrect; it says you're wondering about to vs for after qualified, but your question text shows it after opportunity. I'll edit to correct. – WendiKidd Nov 3 '13 at 18:50
  • [have the] opportunity to [noun] would never be acceptable, but the entire text reads more like a translation than "natural English". I would delete to have the opportunity, and replace this beautiful journey with something less "flowery" (such as job, or perhaps just opportunity if OP really wants to include that word). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 3 '13 at 21:10
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    To be qualified for something means that you have demonstrated (usually by way of a qualification test) to have the necessary skills or knowledge to act in some capacity. E.g., he is qualified to be a teacher. Or he is qualified to practice medicine, or she is qualified to act as a tour guide etc. But it doesn't really make sense to be qualified to have an opportunity. Perhaps you mean you are thankful for the opportunity. – Jim Nov 3 '13 at 22:10
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when you have verb after opportunity you have to use "to". look at these:

Everyone will have an opportunity to comment. An ankle injury meant she missed the opportunity to run in the qualifying heat.

But when you have noun you have to use "for":

there are far more opportunities now for school leavers than there were fifty years ago.

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You should say, "I am qualified for this opportunity for many reasons," although I think we could give you more help if we had a better sense of the context.

  • this is the whole context I am very eager to study in England and gain the benefits from a new experience in which I can improve my knowledge and master my skills. Plus, I deserve to have this great opportunity for many reasons. it is a TOEFL writing essay – Marco Dinatsoli Nov 3 '13 at 22:47
  • OK, thanks. My husband, an English professor and former writing center director, would probably bite my head off for giving you such direct assistance rather than working with you on process. Are you studying at a university where you could use the services of a writing center? In any case, I'd say "benefit from" instead of "gain the benefits from." Also, "great opportunity" may sound a little bit insincere. Maybe just say "opportunity." Or, perhaps, something like, "This is a great opportunity, and one that I believe I deserve for many reasons." Do you see the difference? – Michael Broder Nov 3 '13 at 23:37
  • i dont know, i am just a learner, i learn with no teacher – Marco Dinatsoli Nov 3 '13 at 23:40
  • Marco, please: we write "I" with an upper-case letter. – J.R. Nov 4 '13 at 1:45

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