"ought to" vs. "should"


Senior Member
In the ears of a native speaker, what difference is there between the two (invented) phrases below:

"grown up footballers ought to be responsible for washing their own jersey"
"grown up footballers should be responsible for washing their own jersey"

Is there a difference in "force"? Is ought to "stronger" than should?
  • maxiogee

    Ought to is indeed, to my ears, stronger than should.

    (and, as they don't have to share a singular garment, it ought to be "jerseys") :D


    Senior Member
    English, Hindi
    Majlo is right. To me, this is how it is:

    "Ought to" is like saying it's almost wrong to not be responsible for washing your jersey.

    "Should" sounds a little less strong. It's more like saying "it would be better if they were responsible..."

    Does that make sense? I'm not sure if I was clear enough.
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