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Bunuel generis: Kindly tell whether the following sentence is correct :

"Challenging times are an opportunity for individuals and the Nation to rise above their comfort zones and enhance life."

As per my understanding usage of "an" in front of opportunity is wrong, It could be modified as Challenging times are opportunities.
challenging times are plural, so we can assign plural things only.
Also, confirm, do we need to add "to" in front of enhance as well ?

Kindly provide the probable correct sentence for this .
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Kindly tell whether the following sentence is correct :

"Challenging times are an opportunity for individuals and the Nation to rise above their comfort zones and enhance life."

As per my understanding usage of "an" in front of opportunity is wrong, It could be modified as Challenging times are opportunities.
challenging times are plural, so we can assign plural things only.
Also, confirm, do we need to add "to" in front of enhance as well ?

Kindly provide the probable correct sentence for this .
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sonee@gmail.com wrote:
Kindly tell whether the following sentence is correct :

"Challenging times are an opportunity for individuals and the Nation to rise above their comfort zones and enhance life."

Hi Sonee, looks good to me.

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As per my understanding usage of "an" in front of opportunity is wrong, It could be modified as Challenging times are opportunities.
challenging times are plural, so we can assign plural things only.

This is not so much about subject-verb disagreement. Challenging times is definitely plural and so, we are using the plural verb are. But then what we are saying here is equivalent to saying that Challenging times present an opportunity for individuals and the Nation....

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Also, confirm, do we need to add "to" in front of enhance as well ?

While addition of a "to" would not hurt, the as-is sentence is correct as well. enhance (a verb form) matches with rise (again, a verb form), thereby correctly conveying parallelism: ...to rise...and enhance.
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