You ought to

You ought to

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Point 91 in Modality is defined as:

‘ought to’ with ‘you’ to give advice.

This depends on usage but at the same time we could add our own vocabulary range criteria to ensure it marks higher complexity.  As you can see most of the 20 most frequent lexical verbs are A1.


iWeb search for You ought to * * * *


1 YOU OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF 117 (NOT traditional ADVICE really)

2 YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO GET 66 (seems like more of a prediction)
3 YOU OUGHT TO HAVE THE CAPACITY TO 57
4 YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO FIND 44 (prediction)


You ought to * * *

1 YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO 601
2 YOU OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF 139
3 YOU OUGHT TO HAVE THE CAPACITY 57



you ought to _vvi*

1 YOU OUGHT TO KNOW 919
2 YOU OUGHT TO GET 389
3 YOU OUGHT TO SEE 313
4 YOU OUGHT TO TAKE 301
5 YOU OUGHT TO GO 267


6 YOU OUGHT TO TRY 267

  The Spokesman-Review
Dear Annie: Missing a personal identification
In this case, I think you ought to try setting aside your feelings for a moment to consider your cousins’. They’re hurting, too. They just lost their …
May 26, 2020

7 YOU OUGHT TO CONSIDER 253

8 YOU OUGHT TO LOOK 196
9 YOU OUGHT TO GIVE 176
10 YOU OUGHT TO THINK 165
11 YOU OUGHT TO MAKE 161

12 YOU OUGHT TO CHECK 155

13 YOU OUGHT TO USE 151
14 YOU OUGHT TO READ 142

15 YOU OUGHT TO KEEP 132

16 YOU OUGHT TO SAY 121
17 YOU OUGHT TO VISIT 94
18 YOU OUGHT TO WRITE 90
19 YOU OUGHT TO FEEL 86
20 YOU OUGHT TO FIND 85

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