In virtually all cases, ought is translated by the conditional tense of devoir : you ought to go now = tu devrais partir maintenant ; they ought to arrive tomorrow ils devraient arriver demain.
The past ought to have done/seen etc is translated by the past conditional of devoir : he ought to have been more polite = il aurait dû être plus poli. For further examples, including negative sentences, see the entry below.
The French verb devoir is irregular. For its conjugation see the French verb tables.modal aux
1 (expressing probability, expectation) that ought to fix it ça devrait arranger les choses ; things ought to improve by next week la situation devrait s'améliorer d'ici la semaine prochaine ; the train ought not to have left yet le train ne devrait pas encore être parti ; he ought to be back by now il devrait être rentré depuis longtemps maintenant ;
2 (making polite but firm suggestion) oughtn't we to consult them first? ne devrions-nous pas les consulter d'abord? ; you ought to be in bed tu devrais être au lit ; she ought to see a doctor elle devrait consulter un médecin ;
3 (indicating moral obligation) we really ought to say something nous devrions vraiment dire quelque chose ; you ought not to say things like that tu ne devrais pas dire des choses pareilles ; someone ought to have accompanied her quelqu'un aurait dû l'accompagner ; I ought not to have been so direct je n'aurais pas dû être aussi direct ; he felt he ought not to be wasting time il se disait qu'il n'avait pas de temps à perdre ;
4 (when prefacing important point) I ought to say perhaps that je devrais peut-être préciser que ; I think you ought to know that je pense qu'il vaudrait mieux que tu saches que.

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