Difference between rights and reponsibilities

The expressions below can be associated with rights

  1. be entitled to
  2. be empowered to
  3. be allowed to
  4. be authorized to
  5. be permitted to

and the expressions below can be associated with responsibilities

  1. have a duty to
  2. be obliged to
  3. be committed to
  4. be required to
  5. be held accountable to

The question is if the ten expressions shuffled how can I determine which ones are responsibilities and which ones are rights.

P.S. It was a test and I am unable to find a logical way to do that.


A responsibility is something you have to do or (at least) ought to do.

A right is something you are allowed to do or permitted to do. You have no obligation to exercise your right.

All of the verbs in the first group have a sense of “permission”, all of those in the second group have a sense of obligation.

Source : Link , Question Author : Abbas Amiri , Answer Author : Peter Flom

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