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    have a / the right to know

    When I searched CAE, I found a lot of sentences with 'have a right to know' and 'have the right to know'. I just don't know when we should use one of them rather than the other.
    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please? Thank you very much.

    The following are two of the results I got:
    We have the right to know what's going on there.

    if there are people like you in their midst, Mr. Paterson. They have a right to know that, and the Marine Corps had every right to rid themselves of you, just like anybody else who is in a situation like you're in - whether they're in the Army, the Marines, or the Navy. We have a right to know who you are, and we have a right to rid ourselves of you, Mr. Paterson. Mr. SULLIVAN And I was happy to rid myself of them also, John. Mr. SULLIVAN I'm sure you were. The military can be a very lonely place, Mr. Paterson, when you

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    Re: have a / the right to know

    I think there are subtle differences, but no one would mind if you interchanged the "the" or "a." Here's what I think:

    We have the right to worship in any way we want.
    "the right" is a privilege of principle, legal

    We have a right to see our children.
    more specific to the situation.

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    Re: have a / the right to know

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    I think there are subtle differences, but no one would mind if you interchanged the "the" or "a." Here's what I think:

    We have the right to worship in any way we want.
    "the right" is a privilege of principle, legal

    We have a right to see our children.
    more specific to the situation.
    Thank you very much,susiedqq.

    I had thought 'have the right to do sth'has someth ing to do with the law.But I got confused by the s entences in the CAE.

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