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Message de achwak posté le 13-01-2010 à 10:52:00 (S | E | F)
I searched on the web and found that *ought to* loses the *to* in the negative form, instead of ought not to , we say ought not.
on this site : anglais facile, I found that ought to in negative form is: ought not to.
Help me please.
Réponse: Ought not to or ought not de willy, postée le 13-01-2010 à 11:43:03 (S | E)
You ought not/oughtn't to worry!
Réponse: Ought not to or ought not de achwak, postée le 13-01-2010 à 16:25:00 (S | E)
Please,I need your help.
Réponse: Ought not to or ought not de gerondif, postée le 13-01-2010 à 16:38:57 (S | E)
Willy had answered you !
You ought not to worry = you oughtn't to worry.
This verb is a little ugly to pronounce, I suppose it would be more common to say:
You should not worry, you shouldn't worry.
Anyway the "to" doesn't disappear when "ought" is in the negative.
Did you have to work ? Yes, I had to // No, I didn't have to.
Ought you to work ? Yes, I ought to // No, I ought not to !( but again , it is not very common and rather old-fashioned to my mind)
Should you work ? Yes, I should // No, I shouldn't is much more common.
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