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    'should' and 'ought to'

    Could you tell me the difference between the modal verb 'should' and 'ought to'? Please give me a context.
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    Re: 'should' and 'ought to'

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    This is a very common question. See for example here Grammar: teaching the modals 'ought to', 'should', 'must' and 'have to'. | Onestopenglish

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    Re: 'should' and 'ought to'

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    Could you tell me the difference between the modal verb 'should' and 'ought to'? Please give me a context.
    The only difference is that 'should' has a wider range of meanings than 'ought to'. Whenever you can use 'ought to', you can use 'should' with no change of meaning. The reverse is not true.

    I always tell my students that that if they always use 'should', they will not make a mistake, but that if they use 'ought to' they will sometimes produce an incorrect utterance.

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