Student or Learner
1)"You ought to put up with what can't be changed."
2)"You should put up with what can't be changed."
3)"You need to put up with what can't be changed."
1) and 2) would be interchangeable, wouldn't they? Would the third sentence convey the same meaning in conversation as the previous two? Would it sound less obligatory? I would assume that the best is to use the third one since it carries a subjective want.
Last edited by ostap77; 27-Apr-2011 at 21:22.
My suggestion/obligation/need examples with your 'put up with' are not really very good. Perhaps these are better:
a. Peter: My wife has been a little depressed since our cat died.
George: You need to get her a new one. (Suggestion)
b. Doctor (to nurse): I am worried about this patient. You need to keep a close eye on him. (Obligation)
c. Manager (to employee): You've worked flat out on this project You look worn out. You need to take some time off. (Need)
A slight change in intonation could change the interpretation: (c), for example, could easily be taken as a suggestion.
It is difficult to give clearer answers, because we are not able to read the speaker's mind.
"There Needs To Be A Buzz About The Place."
Would this be close in meaning to "There's got to be a buzz about the place." It's an extract from the article about soccer.
Last edited by ostap77; 28-Apr-2011 at 13:06.
you don't need to pay as "it's not necessary for you to pay,"
you needn't pay as "I allow you not to pay," and
you don't have to pay as "you are not obliged to pay".
Also, I feel the speaker's authority and attitude have much to do with what he chooses to say. If somebody in authority doesn't want to sound too oppressive they might use "need" to express the idea of obligation. If your boss says that you "need to do sth", it usually doesn't leave you much room for debate. ;)