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I came across this expression in this newspaper article:

"It provides opportunity for a small nonprofit organization to be competitive with a major brand with huge marketing budget."

I was wondering whether it is instead more correct and/or appropriate the usage of an article before opportunity:

It provides an opportunity for a small nonprofit organization to [...].

To me, it sounds weird (incorrect?) using the singular noun opportunity without any article before it.

Do you have any feedback about it? Is it correct? Or maybe just used despite incorrect?

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  • Newspapers have limited space or word limits, and so they customarily omit articles/words when the meaning is clear ...
    – AIQ
    Oct 21, 2021 at 19:04

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Macmillan dictionary notes that opportunity is either countable or uncountable, giving the example:

opportunity for: The job pays well, but there’s not much opportunity for career advancement.

It does sound a bit odd to use it this way without more qualifying words ("It provides plenty of opportunity for..."), but it's valid.

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  • So, the "issue" is just that in those cases "opportunity" is used as uncountable.
    – Gabrer
    Oct 22, 2021 at 12:42
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    @Gabrer Exactly. The original newspaper quote is analogous to "it provides [some] opportunity," without specifying how much. Oct 22, 2021 at 12:50

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