making question sentence by using "COULD" (as past ability)

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Stone age man could only sleep in the dark at night because there was no sunlight.

I think, "could" is used to express past ability, in above sentence.

 

Is it correct when I make question sentence from above sentence, like this:

What could stone age man do in the dark without sunlight, other than just sleeping?

question could asked Oct 23 '13 at 17:36 Eddy New member

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"sleeping" should be "sleep".

 

Sitting in the dark without sunlight, what could stone age man do?

He could sleep CORRECT

He could sleeping INCORRECCT

link answered Oct 24 '13 at 12:43 Paul Henderson Contributor

+1, sir

SanjayOct 24 '13 at 16:54

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Could is not only used to talk about past ability but also to tshow possibility

For example: He could be with his friends.

It could take another two weeks to complete the  project.

May and might are stronger than could to show possiblility.

Your sentence sounds fine with me. However change sleeping to sleep as suggested by Paul.

link comment edited Oct 24 '13 at 16:53 Sanjay Expert

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