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use of the modal "ought"

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Nata
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use of the modal "ought"

Unread postby Nata » Sun Aug 05, 2007 5:46 pm

Hallo, would anyone explain me the following?
I have read that we don't normally use the particle "to" with "ought" in negations

e.g. You ought not try to cure yourself without the guidance of a qualified doctor.

What about questions? I saw both variants - with "to" and without. Which one is correct?

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Unread postby Buddhaheart » Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:33 am

Yes, you DO. It’s only optional in ellipses and in certain informal contexts.

You ought not to try to cure yourself without the guidance of a qualified doctor.


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