♦ ought

♦ ought
♦ ought (1) /ɔ:t/
v. modale
ought ha caratteristiche particolari:
● ha significato di condizionale;
● non ha forme flesse (-s alla 3a pers. sing. pres., -ing, -ed), non è mai usato con ausiliari e non ha quindi tempi composti;
● forma le domande mediante la semplice posposizione del soggetto;
● la forma negativa è ought not, spesso abbreviato in oughtn't;
● viene usato nelle question tags;
1 (esprime dovere morale) He ought to be more patient with her, dovrebbe avere più pazienza con lei; You ought to be ashamed of yourself!, dovresti vergognarti!; It ought not to be allowed, non lo si dovrebbe permettere
2 (esprime opportunità, consiglio, rimprovero) You ought to see a doctor about that foot, dovresti far vedere quel piede da un dottore; You just ought to hear him!, dovresti sentirlo!; Oughtn't we to do something about it?, non dovremmo (o non sarebbe bene) fare qualcosa?; I ought to remind you that…, è bene (o, form., è d'uopo) che vi ricordi che…; This ought to have been done months ago, lo si sarebbe dovuto fare mesi fa
3 (esprime probabilità) This ought to be enough, questo dovrebbe bastare; They ought to be able to help you, dovrebbero poterti aiutare; They ought to have arrived by now, dovrebbero essere arrivati ormai; DIALOGO-Asking for directions- There ought to be a cashpoint in the shopping centre, dovrebbe esserci un bancomat nel centro commerciale.
ought (2) /ɔ:t/
(variante di aught) alcunché; alcuna cosa; qualunque cosa.

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