Sat 5 Jan, 2019 01:16 pm
The quote below is from the preface of the novel "Munich" by Robert Harris:
‘We ought to have gone to war in 1938 … September 1938 would have been the most favourable date.’ - Adolf Hitler, February 1945
My question is the following:
Why is it "We ought to have gone to war in 1938…" and not "We should have gone to war in 1938..."?
Ought and should are synonymous (same meaning). The use of ought was the author's choice.