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-aught / -ought

For the irregular past tense in English ending in either -aught or -ought, I've worked out this approximation:

If the infinitive contains an a in the appropriate place, then the past tense does, too:
teach - taught
catch - caught

Conversely, the lack of an "a" remains in
think - thought
buy - bought
wring - wrought (I think *g*)

Is there a better version of that rule? Is it even correct?
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