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Can we use the word "opponent" as an adjective as in follows?

"Our school beat the oppponent team 2-0."

Should we say "opposing team" or "rival team" in the above-mentioned sentence?

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  • opposing team but why not just say: the other team?
    – Lambie
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 16:17
  • Or "we shutout our opponents 2-0" works.
    – Davo
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 16:46
  • @Lambie Doesn't the word other sound weird in this context? I mean other team can be any team in general. Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 17:16
  • @DhanishthaGhosh: no. The other is specific, so in context would almost always be taken to mean "the other team in the particular competition".
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 17:17
  • Oh. I get it. Thanks @ColinFine Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 17:18

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  • opposing is the adjective

  • opponent is the noun

So: opposing team or opponents

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Using "opposing team" would be correct in this context, but if you want to focus on one specific opponent and their team, you could also say "opponent's team".

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