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16:42 Aug 15, 2006
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Linguistics
English term or phrase: how long can a modal verb be?
Hi,
Just curious

Is there a limit as to how far we can prolong a modal verb? What is the longest meaningful modal structure?

Have you any idea?

example :

I will have had to have been able to be singing etc.. ..(I know it is nonsensical, but do you have any?)


Thanks for any comment
grammyleen
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3future perfect continuous passive
Jay Whitten


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future perfect continuous passive


Explanation:
using the future perfect continuous passive might be a good place to start:
"I will have had to been being made to be able to be singing..."
Something like that perhaps!

Jay Whitten
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