Some business folks have asked us to name an "entity" as "Right to Collect." We need entity names to be nouns. To me "Right to Collect" doesn't sound like a noun. What would you best describe this phrase as?

  • a noun phrase, composed of head noun "Right" and the infinitive phrase "to collect"
    – msam
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 13:27
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    Right is a noun, to collect is adjective to that. Same as human rights. I guess the problem is that right is an abstract idea, contrary to, say, table. It is still a noun, nonetheless.
    – oerkelens
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 13:28

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"Right" is a noun in this context. It is used in a fashion similar to "privilege" or "entitlement"

  • Yes, "Right" is a noun. I'm interested in the full phrase "Right to Collect" Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 14:06
  • Well, in the legal field the right to collect is used frequently in debt collection actions.........similar to the right to collect information. The phrase acts as a noun and is considered a noun clause. Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 14:11

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