Skip to main content

Can I ask whether I can change < opposing> and <opposed>  each to <opposed and opposing> ?



The opposing team may be stronger than you thought.

We need to discuss the two diametrically opposed viewpoints.



The opposed team may be stronger than you thought. (?)

We need to discuss the two diametrically opposing viewpoints. (?)

Last edited by GBLSU
Original Post

Replies sorted oldest to newest

Hi, GBLSU,

@GBLSU posted:

The opposing team may be stronger than you thought.

We need to discuss the two diametrically opposed viewpoints.

The opposed team may be stronger than you thought. (?)

We need to discuss the two diametrically opposing viewpoints. (?)

"Opposing" and "opposed" are, like many other pairs of present and past participles, respectively active and passive in meaning.

Both "opposed views" and "opposing views" are correct (the first phrase gives you the idea that the views are different, while the second one gives you the idea that one view actively undermines or counteracts the other). However, "diametrically opposed" is a set phrase.

With the noun "team," only "opposing" works as it implies that both teams fight to beat the other.

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator

Add Reply

×
×
×
×
Link copied to your clipboard.
×