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    Researchers are visiting Loch Ness next week to see if they (can/could) find ...

    Researchers are visiting Loch Ness next week to see if they can/could find signs of the Loch Monster. i seriously doubt they will/would find anything. if they found something, i am sure they will/would become famous.


    I think the answers are 'can, will, would' and wonder if I'm right.

    (Actually I'm very confused with the first choice between can and could)
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    Re: Researchers are visiting Loch Ness next week to see if they (can/could) find ...

    You are correct. You use "can" in the first sentence because it is talking about future possibility.

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    Re: Researchers are visiting Loch Ness next week to see if they (can/could) find ...

    They'd be extremely lucky to find sings, and you may want to look at your capital letters there.

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    Re: Researchers are visiting Loch Ness next week to see if they (can/could) find ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They'd be extremely lucky to find sings, and you may want to look at your capital letters there.
    Perhaps it's a typo and he's referring to that recording of Nessie by Scottish folklorist Hamish MacGillicuddy "The songs of the Loch Ness Monster".

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    Re: Researchers are visiting Loch Ness next week to see if they (can/could) find ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They'd be extremely lucky to find sings, and you may want to look at your capital letters there.


    sorry! I corrected it .

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