Which sounds better? Is there a difference in formality or any other aspect? Furthermore, are you aware of any better word choice?

Example Sentence: Thus, one have the opportunity to interact and ____ bonds with a not only talented but diverse group of individuals.

Thank you :)

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    I would say form bonds. This is a common expression, and I have not heard people say "build bonds with" very often, if at all.
    – DJMcMayhem
    Mar 21, 2015 at 6:29
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    Note it should be "one has", not "one have". I agree with DJ in regard to your actual question.
    – WendiKidd
    Mar 21, 2015 at 6:47
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    This is also possible: to interact and bond with. Mar 21, 2015 at 12:04

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The formed sentence is clumsy. 'have', 'a' are placed incorrectly. Also, the structure can be bettered.

As far as 'bond' is concerned in this context, you can...

form a bond
strengthen a bond or simply..
have a bond

Rephrased sentence could be:

Thus, one has an opportunity to interact, and form/strengthen bonds not only with talented, but also a diverse group of individuals.

  • Thank you for your response Maulik. However, why isn't "the opportunity" correct and you replaced it with "an opportunity"?
    – Fokos
    Mar 21, 2015 at 7:49
  • That's because I am talking about 'opportunity' in general. If I'm specific about one particular opportunity, I'd use 'the'. Say--you are invited by ELL to share your experience with the site. This experience will be shared on the homepage of the ELL site. Now, I can say --Fokos, you should not miss the opportunity, go grab it!
    – Maulik V
    Mar 21, 2015 at 8:29

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