Having the right to rights

Posted by on March 25th, 2016 | 0 comments | berhak untuk, collocation, EAP, grammar, IELTS, Part 3, speaking, Task 2, vocabulary, writing

The principle of the social services is that people have rights to live happily and without discrimination.

I know, I know. You mention more than one right. Normally your teacher would be yelling at you to add an ‘s’. But this is a vocabulary/collocation issue.

  • The principle of the social services is that people have the right to live happily and without discrimination.

Indonesian flag You can think of it as a phrasal verb (Indonesians will be translating berhak untuk..). Sometimes it’s have the right to + V1. Sometimes have a right to + V1. 
Try googling “have the right to” and then “have rights to”. Which is more common? Which is the meaning that you want?

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