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    ought to need you

    "I ought to need you to sew a hole in my pants."

    When would people say "ought to need"? Is it used as an intensifier?
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    Re: ought to need you

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I ought to need you to saw a whole in my pants."

    When would people say "ought to need"? Is it used as an intensifier?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) I only wanted to make two points:

    (a) The word you want is hole.

    (b) "Pants" is, indeed, the correct word in the United States.

    You probably know that "pants" in the United Kingdom (I hear)

    = underwear!!! I once read that an innocent American visited

    England one day and told someone: I like your pants. The British

    person was shocked. I think the British people prefer "trousers."

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    Re: ought to need you

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) I only wanted to make two points:

    (a) The word you want is hole.

    (b) "Pants" is, indeed, the correct word in the United States.

    You probably know that "pants" in the United Kingdom (I hear)

    = underwear!!! I once read that an innocent American visited

    England one day and told someone: I like your pants. The British

    person was shocked. I think the British people prefer "trousers."
    What about my question regarding "ought to need"?

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    Re: ought to need you

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What about my question regarding "ought to need"?
    I only wanted to make those two points. I am not intelligent

    enough to answer your question. You and I will have to wait for a

    teacher or knowledgeable non-teacher.

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    Re: ought to need you

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I ought to need you to saew a hole in my pants."

    When would people say "ought to need"? Is it used as an intensifier?
    It is not an intensifier.

    If I thought long enough, I could probably come up with an utterance in which 'ought to need' is natural, but I don't think it's worth it. One either needs something or one doesn't. A situation in which there is some sort of obligation to need something is unlikely.

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    Re: ought to need you

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It is not an intensifier.

    If I thought long enough, I could probably come up with an utterance in which 'ought to need' is natural, but I don't think it's worth it. One either needs something or one doesn't. A situation in which there is some sort of obligation to need something is unlikely.
    What if someone spilled beer over my T-shirt, could I say "I ought to need you to bring me a napkin."?

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    Re: ought to need you

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What if someone spilled beer over my T-shirt, could I say "I ought to need you to bring me a napkin."?
    You might say "I ought to give you a knuckle sandwich!"

    But "ought to need" is not a phrase I have ever heard.

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    Re: ought to need you

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You might say "I ought to give you a knuckle sandwich!"

    But "ought to need" is not a phrase I have ever heard.
    I heard it in a situation when a realy pretty waitress comes up to two guys seating at the table and asks them if they want a drink. One of the two guys, trying to get at her being "smoking hot", replies "I ought to need you to sew a hole in my pants right in front of ......."

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    #9

    Re: ought to need you

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I heard it in a situation when a realy pretty waitress comes up to two guys seating at the table and asks them if they want a drink. One of the two guys, trying to get at her being "smoking hot", replies "I ought to need you to sew a hole in my pants right in front of ......."
    Search hard enough, and you'll find even more examples of this, but that does not make it normal English.

    By the way, ostap, you ought to know by now - if you have context, please give it in your first post.

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