Hey guys, it is time to learn Grammar!! Today, I am going to teach you how to use and the difference between should/should’t and Ought to/Ought not to.
- Should or Shouldn’t:
We use should/shouldn’t + VERB (infinitive without to) to give somebody advice, suggestions or say what you think is the right to do.
e.g You should eat more fruit.
e.g I shouldn’t (should not) eat red meat.
e.g. A. Should we go right now? B. Yes, we should.
* We often use I think you should.. or I do not think you should.. NOT I think you shouldn’t.
- Ought to or Ought not to: You can use ought to/ought not to instead of should/shouldn’t,
i.e.. You ought to eat more fruit.
i.e.. I ought not to eat red meat.
- The only difference is that OUGHT TO / OUGHT NOT TO is more formal. You must use it in a formal writing or to send an e-mail. In a conversation is better to use Should/ Shouldn’t.