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ahmad posted:

1. Whose right it is to institute anything may abrogate it. [. . .]

How acceptable are this type of sentences nowadays?

Hello, Ahmad,

Since the head of noun of the subject NP in your question is "type," which is singular, the verb should be singular, too: "How acceptable is this type of sentence nowadays?"

Since you have found the example in a legal dictionary, there is a chance that lawyers use "whose" to mean "He whose" or "whosever" or "whoever's." In the OED, the last example of such a usage is by John Milton, in the year 1667.

  • He whose right it is to institute something may abrogate it.
  • Whosever right it is to institute something may abrogate it.
  • Whoever's right it is to institute something may abrogate it.
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