Luis
what is the corretc usege of ought to? I do not know how to use this modal. please give me some examples in situations of the daily life.
Nov 14, 2019 2:30 PM
Answers · 3
Hi Luis, Here are some examples from a translation site. ought You ought to see a doctor about that knee. — Deberías consultar a un médico por esa rodilla. Those vegetables ought to be done by now. — Esas verduras ya deberían estar cocidas. You ought not to have taken the book without asking. — No deberías haberte llevado el libro sin pedir permiso. As mentioned, “should” is more common. “You should see a doctor about that knee”. (You should visit a doctor.) “Those vegetables should be done by now. “You should not have taken the book without asking. I hope this helps.
November 14, 2019
1. Deduction - Expected "I ordered it yesterday, and it normally takes two days, so it ought to arrive tomorrow." Add have + past participle to discuss theoretical possibilities in the past. "I ordered it three days ago, and it normally takes two days, so it ought to have arrived yesterday." (but it didn't) 2. Desirability - Advice about a good thing to do in a situation "I've just arrived in my hotel room and found that the furniture is damaged." "You ought to tell the hotel immediately or they my think you caused the damage." Add have + past participle to criticise a past action, or say what action would have been better. "I have had this cough for a few months now, but I don't want to bother my doctor." "Go and see him immediately. You ought to have visited him before now." Just to add 'ought' is a little old-fashioned and most people tend to use "should" instead.
November 14, 2019
google modal ought
November 14, 2019
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Arabic (Modern Standard), Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Hebrew, Spanish
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Arabic (Modern Standard), English, French