In Grammar By Victoria

The modal verb OUGHT TO

Unlike some other modal verbs in English, the modal verb has only the present tense ought to. And it is worth remembering that the infinitive is used after this modal verb is used with a particle necessarily to. That’s just the infinitive and helps us reflect one time or another in our speech. In other words, to determine the time of any offer we can infinitive. For example:

I ought to buy something for tea, biscuits or sweets. (action relates to the present time) — I need to buy something for tea, cookies or candy.

You ought to have decided that. (action refers to the elapsed time. It was desirable but could not implement it) — you should decide that for a long time.

You ought to be sleeping instead of watching a serial. (action relates to this a long time) — You should have to sleep rather than watch the show.

If you look at the translation of these proposals will find that the modal verb ought to need to pass in a sentence using the words such as «it is necessary (to), it ought (to), you would …». If we want a negative phrase, in front of these words, we put the negative particle «no».

The modal verb ought to serve us for the expression:

  1. The Council, moral or social duty.

    We ought to weigh well what we can decide. — We should think very carefully before you make a decision.

    He ought to have been more tactful. — He should have been more tactful.

    I suppose we really ought not to be laughing at her, but I just can not help it. — I think we should not laugh at her, but I just could not resist.

    I feel that I ought to spend more time with my children. — I think I need to spend more time with their children.

    You ought to be ashamed of yourself. — Shame on you!

    You ought to watch your weight. — You should watch your weight.

  2. The firm belief that transmitted the words «should be, apparently.»

    He ought to have done what I told him. — He apparently did what I told him.

    They ought to have come earlier. — They must have come before.



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