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"Ought" is an auxiliary verb which is often translated as "deber", and "shall" is an auxiliary verb which is also often translated as "deber". Learn more about the difference between "ought" and "shall" below.
ought(
at
)
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
1. (indicating advisability)
a. deber (conditional tense)
You ought to see a doctor about that knee.Deberías consultar a un médico por esa rodilla.
2. (indicating probability)
a. deber (conditional tense)
Those vegetables ought to be done by now.Esas verduras ya deberían estar cocidas.
3. (indicating obligation)
a. deber (conditional tense)
You ought not to have taken the book without asking.No deberías haberte llevado el libro sin pedir permiso.
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shall(
shahl
)
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
1. (in statements about the future)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I shan't tell you again.No pienso volver a decírtelo.
We shall see what happens.Veremos lo qué pasa.
2. (making suggestions)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Let's leave it for tomorrow, shall we?¿Lo dejamos para mañana?
Shall we invite them?¿Los invitamos?
3. (emphatic)
a. deber
The client shall make timely payments, or be charged penalties.El cliente deberá hacer pagos oportunos, o sufrirá recargos.
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