I know the different uses of the verb "avail":
1. He availed himself of the opportunity
2. She availed herself of the opportunity
The dictionary says the use is very formal and old fashioned.
But as teachers we can not dispense with its use.
For example, The number of Casual leaves availed ( the number of days used as paid leave) and the balance of the leave in the leave account
If the use of "avail" is old fashioned as in the sentences given above and the construction is lengthy, what is the the modern use in its place?
How can we overcome the problem of using such constructions?
Most Indians say "I availed the opportunity" which is wrong.
Can we say, I utilized the opportunity? or are there any other better expressions used by the native speakers?