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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > "to have to" or "to ought to"    

"to have to" or "to ought to"


"to have to" or "to ought to"

Can you help me??? Which one should I insert?

"to have to" or "to ought to"

1. I ... to wear specstacles.

2. He ... to go to the dentist twice a week.

3. you ... to be more attentive.

25 Nov 2010      


1. I ought to wear spectacles = I should wear spectacles... but I don �t.
    I have to wear spectacles = that is why I �m wearing them.
2. He ought to go to the dentist twice a week = advice.
    He has to go to the dentist twice a week = He is going to the dentist twice a week, it is necessary.
3. You ought to be more attentive = advice.
     You have to be more attentive = order
Hope it helps ;o))

25 Nov 2010     


�thank you very much! So, I see that just one answer isn �t possible... �

25 Nov 2010     

United States

Just a little note:
"Ought" doesn �t have an infinitive, so it isn �t "to ought to". I just thought I �d point that out, not to be picky (which I am definitely capable of being), but in case some people didn �t know it.

25 Nov 2010