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    #1

    have a right, have the right

    What's the difference between 'have a right to do sth' and 'have the right to do sth'?

    When I read sentences or phrases like the following, I feel confused:
    Do we have the right to destroy the world in which we live? (LONGMAN)

    The public has/ have a right to know how the money is to be spent. (Martin Hewings: ADVANCED GRAMMAR IN USE)

    The law states that everyone has the right to practise religion.

    have a right to be angry/ concerned/suspicious

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    #2

    Re: have a right, have the right

    I'd use 'the right' for legal rights or specific, single rights.

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