Learn to Speak English Easily:Use of ‘ought to’, ‘dare’ and ‘need’

Learn to speak English easily through the TLP Spoken English Course. The course is designed specially to facilitate self-learning. It is organised into units to help you learn step by step in a simple, systematic and in an easy way. To be able to speak fluently you should go through all the units and do the exercises. To know more you can read: How to Use the Course Content?

In the previous unit you have learnt the Use of ‘must’ and in this unit you will learn the use of ‘ought to‘, ‘dare‘ and ‘need‘.

Use of ‘ought to’

  • To talk about moral obligation and a strong sense of duty.

Everyone ought to love one’s country.
We ought to follow the traffic rules.
They ought to pay their loans.

Use of ‘dare’

  • To mean ‘to have courage to do something’.

He dares to speak the truth.
She dares to walk on the fire.
He dared to oppose his boss.

Use of ‘dare’ in Questions

How dare you question me?
How dare you speak to the Principal like this?
How dare they complain against me?

Use of “daren’t”

He dare not/daren’t find fault with me.
She dare not/daren’t go against the boss.
He dare not/daren’t come late to the class.

Use of ‘need’

We use ‘need‘–

  • To talk about what one ‘requires’ or what one ‘required’ to do.

I need some rest.
We needed some help.
He needs proper treatment.

  • To express necessity in questions and negative sentences.

Need I pay the amount now?
Needn’t I go to college today?
He needn’t pay the fee immediately.
You needn’t worry about your health.


Write more sentences using the examples which you can use in your day to day conversation on your own and practice orally.

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Check the meanings of the words in English Oxford Living Dictionaries