ought

ought
[ɔ:t, Am also ɑ:t] aux vb
1) (indicating duty)
sb \ought to do sth jd sollte etw tun;
we \ought to tidy up before we go home wir sollten [besser] aufräumen, bevor wir nach Hause gehen;
sb/sth \ought not to;
we \ought not to have agreed wir hätten nicht zustimmen sollen;
it \ought not to be allowed das sollte nicht erlaubt sein
2) (indicating probability)
sb \ought to be/do sth jd sollte [o müsste] [eigentlich] etw sein/tun;
she \ought to be able to ... sie sollte eigentlich in der Lage sein, ...;
we \ought to be home by 7 o' clock bis um sieben müssten wir eigentlich wieder zu Hause sein;
they \ought to have arrived at lunchtime sie hätten eigentlich um die Mittagszeit ankommen sollen;
I say the kids are tired and I \ought to know! ich sage, die Kinder sind müde und ich muss es wohl wissen;
sth \ought to be sth;
ten minutes \ought to be enough time zehn Minuten müssten eigentlich genügen;
so, that \ought to be enough now so, das sollte jetzt genügen;
will dinner be ready on time? - yes, it \ought to be wird das Essen rechtzeitig fertig? - ja, das müsste hinhauen (fam)
3) (indicating advice)
sb \ought to do sth jd sollte etw tun;
he \ought to go into politics er sollte in die Politik gehen;
what \ought I to do? und was sollte ich tun?

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