Here is the sentence from news:
The right of children to know the identity of their biological parents is a human right.
My question is: why the words 'right' and 'identity' are used in singular rather than plural.
for 'right', is it because there's only one right-to know the identity of their biological parents-considered in this sentence?
for 'identity', I will use plural if I write this sentence.
Thanks a lot and happy new year!
Thanks a lot Heidita.
So if the expression of a word or phrase is universal or taken as a whole, we can consider it as singular, right?
"The right of children to know the identity of their biological parents is a human right."
their biological parents: whole
I'm still confused, why don't you say 'the identity of their mothers and fathers?'
You are right: mothers and fathers could be possible too. Actually, more so.
I was thinking of several children and only one mother and one father. Of course, he is referring to several children, and several parents.
So, you are quite right.