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How to explain the sentence: "the problem is how ethical do organisations oght to behave?

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The problem is how ethical organisations ought to behave?
asked Oct 21 '13 at 05:39 daniel tran New member

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There are two possible interpretations of your sentence.

Are you discussing how ethical organizations SHOULD be (ought is the operative verb showing moral obligation)?

Or are you talking about "the problem" 'being' (linking verb) the ethical behavior of organizations right now?

 

The problem with your question sentence is too many verbs causing verb confusion "is", "do", "ought".

 

In the quoted section, you have correctly used the first meaning:

"The problem" (subject)

"is" (linking verb)

"how ethical organizations ought to behave." (predicate nominative renaming 'the problem')

 

The mistake you made in the quoted section is that you turned a statement into a question.

You stated the problem; you did not ask what the problem was.

Remove the "?".

link comment edited Oct 21 '13 at 11:36 Aaron Prejean Expert
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The problem is that how ethical organisations ought to behave.

link answered Oct 21 '13 at 08:37 Sanjay Expert

Sanjay, they probably thumbed you down because you used two interrogatives "how" and "that". You only need 1 in the subordination of your noun clause. Thumbing you back up since whoever did it did not explain.

Aaron PrejeanOct 21 '13 at 11:35

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