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"Ought" is an auxiliary verb which is often translated as "deber", and "should" is an auxiliary verb which is also often translated as "deber". Learn more about the difference between "ought" and "should" 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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should(
shood
)
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. (used to indicate obligation)
a. deber
I should go to bed early tonight to be ready to travel tomorrow morning.Debería acostarme temprano esta noche para estar listo para el viaje mañana.
b. tener que
I should have given my parents a call over the weekend.Tenía que haber llamado a mis padres el fin de semana.
2. (used to indicate probability)
a. deber
Where is Simon? He should have finished his homework by now.¿Dónde está Simón? Ya debería haber terminado sus deberes.
3. (in conditional clauses)
a. si
Should any question arise, don't hesitate to contact me.Si surgiera alguna pregunta, no dudes en ponerte en contacto conmigo.
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