I'm preparing an answer to an email and struggle with this phrase:

I appreciate the opportunity to join your team

It sounds correct to me, but I've got the feeling that this might be even better:

I appreciate the opportunity of joining your team

Which one is the better / correct one?

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We have the opportunity to do something (to-infinitive after opportunity).

We have the opportunity of doing something (-ing form after opportunity of)

We can use either to-infinitive or -ing form of the verb, without any difference in meaning. So both the sentences presented are grammatically correct and natural.

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    The first sentence sounds more natural to me.
    – user230
    Nov 20, 2014 at 13:56
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    By the way, I am not a sir :-)
    – user230
    Nov 20, 2014 at 18:01
  • In "the opportunity of doing sth" doing is a gerund. After a preposition follows a gerund, not a participle.
    – rogermue
    Dec 26, 2015 at 19:17

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