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    A constitutional right to ...

    Hello!

    We have a constitutional right to defend ourselves, our family, and our property. (Longman)

    Does the sentence imply that there’re more than two constitutional rights to defend ourselves, etc.?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: A constitutional right to ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuo View Post
    Hello!

    We have a constitutional right to defend ourselves, our family, and our property. (Longman)

    Does the sentence imply that there’re more than two constitutional rights to defend ourselves, etc.?

    Thanks in advance
    No. It simply suggests that there is one constitutional right which is "the right to defend ourselves, our family, and our property".

    There may of course be more, but only one is mentioned here.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Jun-2010 at 13:45.

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    Re: A constitutional right to ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuo View Post
    Hello!

    We have a constitutional right to defend ourselves, our family, and our property. (Longman)

    Does the sentence imply that there’re more than two constitutional rights to defend ourselves, etc.?

    No, the sentence only mentions "a" (= one) constitutional right to defend those three things. It doesn't imply anything else.

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    Re: A constitutional right to ...

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    Thank you very much for your replies, emsr2d2 and 2006.

    I think your replies seem to be slightly different in the number of constitutional right(s) implied from the sentence.
    Or my reading might be wrong.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: A constitutional right to ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuo View Post
    Hello!

    Thank you very much for your replies, emsr2d2 and 2006.

    I think your replies seem to be slightly different in the number of constitutional right(s) implied from the sentence.
    Or my reading might be wrong. No, emsr2d2 and I seem to disagree.

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    In my opinion, no rights are implied by that sentence; one right is stated.

    It's highly likely that there are additional constitutional rights, but the sentence itself in no way implies that. The sentence only says what it says, without implying anything else!

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    Re: A constitutional right to ...

    Hello, emsr2d2!

    First, I have to put right ‘more than two constitutional rights’ in my original posting. Instead, I use ‘more than one constitutional right’.

    The main subject is;
    Would you please explain your response in more detail, as there seems to be some disagreement between you and 2006 concerning my question?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: A constitutional right to ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuo View Post
    Hello, emsr2d2!

    First, I have to put right ‘more than two constitutional rights’ in my original posting. Instead, I use ‘more than one constitutional right’.

    The main subject is;
    Would you please explain your response in more detail, as there seems to be some disagreement between you and 2006 concerning my question?

    Thanks in advance
    Please note that I just went back and re-read my original reply! I did not mean to write that it suggested that there was "more than" one constititutional right, and I have now changed it.

    I agree with 2006 that only one right is stated, although it is very likely of course that there are more.

    Sorry for the confusion!

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    kazuo - be careful where you say this; it may not apply everywhere. In the UK you have a legal right to defend yourself, and various rights under UN and EEC conventions. But if, in the UK, you claim to have 'a constutional right' you may be on shaky ground (though I'm not a lawyer...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    kazuo - be careful where you say this; it may not apply everywhere. In the UK you have a legal right to defend yourself, and various rights under UN and EEC conventions. But if, in the UK, you claim to have 'a constutional right' you may be on shaky ground (though I'm not a lawyer...)

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    Good point. Hard to have constitutional rights when we don't have a constitution!

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    Re: A constitutional right to ...

    Although we do use "Constitutional rights" somewhat metaphorically at times (the other day I was talking to someone who was at the end of her pregnancy and referred to our Constitutional right to have our babies no later than our due date" [anyone who who has ever been 40 weeks pregnant will get that]), there is no part of the Constitution that lists the right that was the subject of this post.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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