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    ought to

    If you are asked by someone something when they use ''ought to'' and you want to disagree how do you respond?
    ex. You ought to do something.....
    Should you say: no, i shouldn't ?

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    Re: ought to

    Welcome Hanem


    From ENGLISH PAGE - Ought to


    Notice "Ought not"
    Remember that "ought to" loses the "to" in the negative. Instead of "ought not to," we say "ought not." "Ought not" is more commonly used in British English. Americans prefer "should not."
    Examples:

    • You ought not smoke so much.
    • She ought not take such risks while skiing.
    • They ought not carry so much cash while traveling.



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    Re: ought to

    You ought not smoke so much.
    She ought not take such risks while skiing.
    They ought not carry so much cash while traveling.


    Oh, Soup. I'm a stickler for good grammar and talking proper and all the rest, but to advocate that anyone in the 21st century should utter those words...


    ...
    You shouldn't smoke so much. (To editorialize: It's no business of yours how much I smoke - keep your opinions to yourself.)

    She shouldn't take such risks while skiing. (The words of a burnt-out St Bernard dog.)
    They shouldn't carry so much cash while traveling. (An advert for American Express traveller's cheques.)
    Last edited by Excalibur; 24-Nov-2009 at 18:08.

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    Re: ought to

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanem View Post
    If you are asked by someone something when they use ''ought to'' and you want to disagree how do you respond?
    ex. You ought to do something.....
    Should you say: no, i shouldn't ?
    It seems that no one has answered your question yet. Since I'm a stickler for answering the question asked, I'll have a go.
    There are a number of ways this can be answered.

    A: You ought to go on a diet!

    B: Why ought I go an a diet?
    B: Why should I go on a diet?
    B: Why should/ought I?
    B: No I should not/shouldn't.
    B: No I ought not/oughtn't.
    B: Bull droppings!

    I like "oughtn't",
    but that's a stylistic choice.


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    Re: ought to

    thank you for the post, even I am trying to understand it since my childhood that which way I can use "ought to". and should is more commonly used.

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    Re: ought to

    Quote Originally Posted by eslch View Post
    thank you for the post, even I am trying to understand it since my childhood that which way I can use "ought to". and should is more commonly used.
    Why not forget about "ought" then, and use "should"?
    You understand what it means, and no one's going to force you to use "ought" if you don't want to.

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    Re: ought to

    Thanks a lot for the answers.

    Well, the reason i was trying to find it out was because whenever we take tests in school we have to give the right answer or at least the way they want the question to be answered. On everyday live i always used ''should'' even thought i was never sure i am doing it right.

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    Re: ought to

    Quote Originally Posted by Excalibur View Post
    You ought not smoke so much.
    She ought not take such risks while skiing.
    They ought not carry so much cash while traveling.


    Oh, Soup. I'm a stickler for good grammar and talking proper and all the rest, but to advocate that anyone in the 21st century should utter those words...
    I'm not sure what that has to do with Hanem's question. You see, ... Oh, let's let Hanem explain why the question was asked:
    Quote Originally Posted by Hanem
    Well, the reason i was trying to find it out was because whenever we take tests in school we have to give the right answer or at least the way they want the question to be answered.
    As you can see, the information I provided in Post #2 is indeed useful.

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