ought1 [{{t}}ɔ:t]
ⓘ GRAM La forme négative ought not s'écrit oughtn't en forme contractée.
auxiliary verb
(a) (indicating morally right action)
you ought to tell her vous devriez le lui dire;
you ought to talk to him tu devrais lui parler, il faudrait que tu lui parles;
she thought she ought to tell you elle a pensé qu'il valait mieux te le dire
(b) (indicating sensible or advisable action)
perhaps we ought to discuss this further peut-être devrions-nous en discuter plus longuement;
I really ought to be going il faut vraiment que je m'en aille;
{{}}formal{{}} do you think I ought? pensez-vous que je doive le faire?;
he ought to know better il devrait être plus sensé;
that's a nice car - it ought to be, it cost me a fortune! c'est une belle voiture - j'espère bien, elle m'a coûté une fortune!
(c) (expressing expectation, likelihood)
they ought to be home now à l'heure qu'il est, ils devraient être rentrés;
it ought to be good ça devrait être bien;
she ought to beat him easily elle devrait le battre facilement ou sans difficulté;
that oughtn't to be too difficult ça ne devrait pas être trop difficile
(d) (followed by "to have")
you ought to have told me! vous auriez dû me le dire!;
you ought to have seen her! si vous l'aviez vue!, il fallait la voir!;
they ought not to have been allowed in on n'aurait pas dû les laisser entrer
ought2 = aught

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