I am confused about the use of the modals here. Can someone please explain to me their use?
I can walk to a market to find the electronics I'm looking for. The man I spoke to was right. And among the shops, I should be able to find a laptop.
1) If it is present tense, why would you bother saying you can or can't do something. Why wouldn't you just say you did or didn't do it, thereby showing if you can or can't: "I walk to a market."
2) What is the difference in meaning between "I should be able to find"& "I will be able find"?
2-- 'Should' is likelihood; 'will' is certainty.
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For example, in sentence a, the tense explains actions that are currently happening in the present:
a) I walk home, and see my mother making dinner. I speak to her.
But in sentence b, the tense explains actions that are about to happen (I assume it is still called present tense, however):
b) I walk home, and should find the patient.
Mister Micawberyour sentence b seems possible to me.
Is should find in this sentence a past form modal tense referring to the present or future?
I walk home, and should find the patient.