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    'Ought to' & expectation

    'He ought to solve the problem this week'.

    I see three ways how 'ought to' can be interpreted

    1. The event is expected to happen due to the circumstances.
    2. The event is expected to happen due to the features of 'he'.
    3. The event is expected to happen due to the circumstances where the circumstances comprise the features of 'he'.

    What is the right version?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: 'Ought to' & expectation

    None of the above is correct.

    'He is expected to solve the problem this week'.

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    Re: 'Ought to' & expectation

    But what does prompt an Englihspeaker to say 'He ought to solve the problem this week' - the fact that 'he' is a smart guy or, eg. the fact that 'he' has good instruments?

    (In another words why is 'he' expected to solve the problem this week - because 'he' is a smart guy or, eg. becaue 'he' has good instruments?).
    Last edited by Explorer; 20-Jun-2013 at 15:50.

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    Re: 'Ought to' & expectation

    It could be the qualities of the person, the tools available, a duty, etc.

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    Re: 'Ought to' & expectation

    Thank you.

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    Re: 'Ought to' & expectation

    Explorer, instead of sending your thanks in a separate message, just click the Like button, please.

    The reason is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

    Thank you.

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