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?

  • 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

2 Answers 2

  • opposing is the adjective

  • opponent is the noun

So: opposing team or opponents


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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