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    #1

    Question use of 'ought to'?

    can you please tell me the use of 'ought to'?

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    #2

    Re: use of 'ought to'?

    See this sentence:
    I should go now.

    Now instead of this sentence you may write:
    I ought to go now.

    There is really no difference when they are used to mean obligation or duty.


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    Re: use of 'ought to'?

    thank you..

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    #4

    Re: use of 'ought to'?

    ought to is a modal verb which offers advice.
    It is different to must and have to which are modal verbs of obligation.

    Ought to ( + all modal verbs) is always followed by a verb (bare infinitive: do, say, go, etc...)


    Compare;
    • You must do your homework. (it is obligatory that you do you homework- you don't have choice)
    • You should do your homework (it is a good idea/ I would suggest you do your homework- you have a choice- you can decide whether or not you want to)
    I hope this helps


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    #5

    Re: use of 'ought to'?

    thanks..but now i am confused..obligation or advice..?

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    #6

    Re: use of 'ought to'?

    Advice.
    Ought to is a little stronger than 'should'
    Try this quiz: Log In - UsingEnglish.com


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    #7

    Re: use of 'ought to'?

    thank you for clearing my doubt

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    #8

    Re: use of 'ought to'?

    It's a pleasure.

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