Should, ought to and had better – other ways to give advice

Posted on May 17 2014 - 5:06am by Zdenda

Recently I have published a post on giving advice. And our post on modal verbs won the British Council blog award. This post will deal with three ways to express the modal verb SHOULD. The different means are HAD BETTER and OUGHT TO. Both of these have the same meaning as SHOULD.

This grammar point often appears in FCE tests. So if you are planning to take an international certificate in English this post is really important for you.

OUGHT TO – mind map

ADVERT:
Should ought to and had better mind map

Here are three ways of expressing the same meaning.

Once you learn the three forms correctly you should have no problem with using them. However, remember that SHOULD is much more frequent than either OUGHT TO or HAD BETTER.

SHOULD – games

The first game is called Hoop Shoot. Your task is to choose the correct form and then score a basket. You can choose the difficulty too. Enjoy.

The second game is a simple quiz. Your task is to complete the second sentence in such a way that it means the same as the first one. However, you have to use the word in the bracket in your answer. There are 16 sentences and if you pass the quiz you will be given a chance to play the game Indiara. Good luck 🙂

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  1. Trisha 19/02/2016 at 5:59 am -

    This is really a genorus effort to help people learn english at their door steps. Honestly speaking you folks are doing a hell lot of a job, all I can say at this point is keep up the good job. thanks

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