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how long can a modal verb be?

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16:42 Aug 15, 2006
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English term or phrase: how long can a modal verb be?
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

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3future perfect continuous passive
Jay Whitten

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future perfect continuous passive

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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