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I had an English teacher a long time ago who liked using ought to instead of should.
Do you think there is a large difference between these two words?
Is ought to more polite than should?
Is should more commanding?

What is your interpretation of the difference between these two words?
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Use should and ought to to give advice.
-You should watch "Mystery!"tonight.
-Terri ought to watch it,too.
Note:Should is more formal than ought to.
Use had better for urgent advice-when you believe that something bad will happen if person does not follow the advice.
-You'd better stop watching so much TV or grades will suffer.
Use should to ask for advice.
-Should I buy a new TV set?
Use shouldn't and had better not for negative statements.
-You shouldn't get it repaired.
-You'd better not stay up too late.
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hi Claudia i am sure other people have sent you replies by now i just want to say(i am doing research no i am making research good luck with your research Paul
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Ought expresses ideas such as duty, necessity and moral obligation. It is not as forceful as must, but it is stronger than should.You ought to be punctual.We ought to help the poor.You ought to visit your friends once in a while.
I am re-posting something I posted eighteen months ago:

I can't believe this is still going on eight years after CJ gave a clear and accurate response. I have pasted it below, with one important sentence highlighted:

Palmer (The English Verb) distinguishes three uses of should.

1. to lay a tentative obligation You should come to the party tomorrow.
2. to express a probability They should be at their destination by now.
3. 'evaluative' should It's strange that he should say such a thing.

He makes the following observations:

In the first meaning, ought to and should are completely interchangeable:
You ought to come to the party tomorrow.

In the second, ought to is theoretically possible, but is rarely used with this meanig.
? They ought to be at their destination by now.

In the third, ought to is not used.
* It's strange that he ought to say such a thing.

From what I have observed informally, in the U.S. ought to is much less used than should, even in the cases where the two are equivalent. Sometimes, to some people, it has the air of being somewhat scholarly. Sometimes, to some people, it seems to be weaker, gentler, or less direct than should.
ought to is definetly more polite and old fashioned
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I have a stupid question, In modern English has ought been replaced by should? I very rarely hear the ought been used in everyday speech, on the news or even in more formal text.

In the original version of plain words the author uses ought to clearly express polite obligation. I would use should "you should clean your room before your mother comes home"

ought to: you must do something:

You ought to go to bed, because tomorrow you have a big test

should: you needn't do something, but from your perspective it's good to do.

e use "ought to" to say that sth is almost necessary and should be done while we use "should" to simply give a suggestion or to say that sth is good to be done!

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