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I heard that in some cases "ought to" is USUALLY preferred to "should" when criticizing somebody's action.
So, would you say: "People shouldn't drink and drive" to give a statement and "People ought not to drinke and drive" if you are involved in an accident and are expressing anger?
Also, is it commonly used in AmE?
Last edited by retro; 06-Aug-2007 at 01:09.
I don't think you will hear "ought to" used very often in AE*. When it is used it is, I think, more likely to be a positive statement rather than a negative one. Examples:
You ought to behave yourself.~R
Children ought to obey their parents.