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oughta
American English Reduction "oughta"

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn "oughta" an American English reduction.
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Reductions: "oughta"

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • oughta = ought + to
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • You oughta find a better job.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • You ought to find a better job.
  • (Meaning: You should find a better job.)
Examples: "oughta" (reading and reductions)
  • I oughta get going.
  • (Meaning: I should leave now.)
  • We oughta go before it begins raining.
  • (Meaning: We should go before it begins raining.)
  • They oughta change the team uniforms.
  • (Meaning: They should change the team uniforms.)
  • She oughta study for the college entrance test.
  • (Meaning: She should study for the college entrance test.)
  • He oughta think before speaking.
  • (Meaning: He should think before speaking.)
From YOUR Teacher: Oughta

Yeah this is kind of a strange reduction but it is used a lot in English conversations.

We oughta get going.
You oughta eat something before you leave.
 
Video: Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know - This is a really good song from singer Alanis Morissette. This song is a little difficult to understand but this video has the lyrics which should make it a little easier. Use a dictionary to look up words you do not understand.
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as whatsiz and whatser are not real words in English.
  • You need to use reductions in order to sound more natural.
  • You need to know reductions in order to understand conversations between native English speakers.
  • Reductions are used extensively in American TV, movies, music, literature, and in conversations among native English speakers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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