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    Ought to

    I'm a teacher from Iran.

    Pls let me know:

    what's the past tense of "ought to" in indirect speech?

    Best regards
    Iraj

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    Is there a past tense for "ought to"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuangpi
    Is there a past tense for "ought to"?

    Hello Iraj and Tuangpi!!

    The verb ought is a modal verb and this means that, grammatically, it does not behave like ordinary verbs. In particular, the negative is formed with the word not alone and not also with auxiliary verbs such as do or have. Thus the standard construction for the negative is he ought not to have gone. The alternative forms he didn't ought to have gone and he hadn't ought to have gone, formed as if ought were an ordinary verb rather than a modal verb, are found in dialect from the 19th century but are not acceptable in standard modern English.

    Here, there's an example of the past tense of "ought". You see that "ought" itself has no past, you have to resort to the verb "to have" to convey the idea of past tense.

    We ought not/oughtn't to have agreed without knowing what it would cost


    I hope this helps... Maeve

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    I guess that "ought to" and "must" are very simmilar, so cuould the past tense be "should"?
    What do you think about?
    Regards

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    Re: Ought to

    Quote Originally Posted by Alc112
    I guess that "ought to" and "must" are very simmilar, so cuould the past tense be "should"?
    What do you think about?
    Regards


    Hi Alc112!! Should and Ought to have the same meaning.

    The past tense of "shall" is "should"
    The past tense of "should" is built the same way as with "ought to"

    Mustis not the same as "ought to" or "should". "Must" implies obligation whereas "ought to" or "should" are kind of "advice".


    >>> BTW : it's similar >> only one "m"

    Cheers, Maeve !!

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    Re: Ought to

    Quote Originally Posted by maeve o'cuinn
    Hi Alc112!! Should and Ought to have the same meaning.

    The past tense of "shall" is "should"
    The past tense of "should" is built the same way as with "ought to"

    Mustis not the same as "ought to" or "should". "Must" implies obligation whereas "ought to" or "should" are kind of "advice".


    >>> BTW : it's similar >> only one "m"

    Cheers, Maeve !!
    Thank you

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    There is no past tense for "ought to" in any sentence.

    Have a look at this:

    Petra said to Elia:" I ought to visit my friend in hospital. He was attacked by some gangsters yesterday."

    Petra said that she ought to visit her firend in hospital. He had been attacked by some gangsters the day before.



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