Example sentences for: ought

How can you use “ought” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • That would be a full year before the election, which ought to be enough time for citizens to read 10-to-20 books on current issues, study the candidates' platforms, listen to half a dozen debates, and make the kind of thoughtful decision our Founding Fathers intended.

  • A botched assassination attempt that killed innocents is just the kind of thing the citizens ought to know about, while the government won't want them to know.

  • If the survey responses mean that people are less rational than they ought to be, it's an opportunity for economists to teach better decision-making skills.

  • But the moment she berates the "privilege" of those who couldn't afford to make a down payment on her carriage house, or invokes the "greed" of those making 125 percent of the mean per capita income, I'm with Hick, who said to Eleanor during a White House dinner, "God damn it--none of us ought to be wearing velvet dinner gowns these days."

  • Unlike a modern corporate logo designed by professional graphics people, where minimalism and self-justifying folderol are key, a government seal ought to embody clutter and boneheaded symbolism.


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