As far as I know "ought to" has the negative form "ought not to" . Is it correct? How does "ought not to" behave in tag questions ?
Which is the right formula I am supposed to follow?
e.g. I ought not to do that, oughtn`t I? --- is this correct?
Yes, you are right. Iwas not attentive. I should have used affirmative form in tag question .
But what happens if I say :I ought to do that, "oughtn`t I " or "ought I not" ?
Are they both correct or only the first one?
How much is this modal verb used in BrE [spoken or written] ? Is it as common as should?
Thank you again
Indeed, in my experience, this is one case where people often break the rule on tag questions in this way - I ought to do that, shouldn't I?
I must admit that I quite like using ought to. For me it softens advice, more so than should does. But this is a personal thing.
Thank you for clarifying that ,Davy
In my country, students who study English language are supposed to know all modal verbs, how and when to use them in contexts.
I have always considered "ought to" a little bit formal and my impression is that it is mostly used by aristocrats in their formal correspondence . Am I wrong?
Don`t laugh at me if this sounds funny. Sometimes I can hardly find the English words I would like to use in a context or to express an idea. I know I have to think in English and not in Romanian but I didn`t reach that level yet.
See you soon
But your general point is I think a valid one, Ought to is less used and considered more formal. Some would describe it as "snobbish" - a word I will let you look up if you don't know it!
Can I say? :
Do I ought to...?
Please, be so kind and give me an example of interrogative sentence starting with "ought I to.. .. ..?"
Is the following sentence correct?
Ought I to see a doctor ? and the meaning is : "Is it recommendable for me to see a a doctor?"
Unlike affirmative and negative constructions with ought to , the interrogative form sounds odd because of the particle "to".
Last edited by Teia; 08-Aug-2006 at 22:14.