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29 / 09 / 2005

GIVING ADVICE (2): meaning and examples

Good morning. Yesterday we talked about the modal verb should. We use it to give advice or to give our opinion about what to do in a particular situation. We can express this same idea with another structure: OUGHT TO The verb ought to is also used when we want to indicate that something is a good thing or a bad thing to do. It means the same as should but BE CAREFUL! When we use should we do not include the word to. However, we must use to after the verb ought. Example 1: That company ought to give better customer service. If they don't, they are going to lose clients. Example 2: You really ought to tidy your desk. It's a terrible mess. I don't know how you can find anything! Ought to is not usually used in the negative form. However, when it is, the form is ought not to verb. The contraction oughtn't to is not often used. Example 3: You ought not to bother your father while he is working. You ought to contact us if the explanation in today's Daily Vitamin is not clear. Enjoy the rest of your day!