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Andreas Johansson scripsit:

> > I'm pretty sure "would have ought to be" isn't kosher, if only because
> > "ought" is a defective verb with no past participle form.
>
> And the kosher replacement would be?

"should have been", in this case.  "Should" and "ought" have the same general
force: obligation short of necessity.

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