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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?
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?
I will have had to have been able to be singing etc.. ..(I know it is nonsensical, but do you have any?)
Agree with Rita that this is not a translation question (at leat not directly). IMHO, the 'longest meaningful modal construction' is limited by comprehensibility and is probably around three elements for general usage, but it is a judgement call.