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    Default the longest verb

    I doubt it how many parts the longest verb has in the table.

    For active verbs the longest is for the future perfect continuous: will have been doing (four parts,) and for passive verbs the longest is for the future perfect continuous too: will have been being done (5 parts.)

    ex.
    1. I will have been working for 10 hours till midnight.
    2. The building will have been being built for 7 months until the end of this year.

    1. Do we have any longer verb?
    2. Are these long verbs used in English or they are only in the table?

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    Default Re: the longest verb

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    I doubt it how many parts the longest verb has in the table.

    For active verbs the longest is for the future perfect continuous: will have been doing (four parts,) and for passive verbs the longest is for the future perfect continuous too: will have been being done (5 parts.)

    ex.
    1. I will have been working for 10 hours till midnight.
    2. The building will have been being built for 7 months until the end of this year.

    1. Do we have any longer verb?
    2. Are these long verbs used in English or they are only in the table?
    1. I will have been working for 10 hours till midnight.
    2. The building will have been being built for 7 months until the end of this year. Both of these are incorrect.

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    Default Re: the longest verb

    "...will have been being built..." Bhaisahab, we cannot use "to be" two times in a sentence, can we?

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    Default Re: the longest verb

    Quote Originally Posted by winnie22 View Post
    "...will have been being built..." Bhaisahab, we cannot use "to be" two times in a sentence, can we?
    Yes, we can. Bhaisahab was pointing out that the use of "until" doesn't work in either of your examples. You either need to change "until" to something else, or keep "until" and change the verb forms.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: the longest verb

    Depending on your definition of length, using would have been working would add an extra letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, we can. Bhaisahab was pointing out that the use of "until" doesn't work in either of your examples. You either need to change "until" to something else, or keep "until" and change the verb forms.
    1. So the active and passive forms of the future perfect continuous are used in every day speaking and writing, Yes? And the longest verb in English has 4 or 5 parts for active and passive sentences respectively, Yes?

    2. Would you please correct my two sentences replacing 'till' and 'until' with something? I have no other option to use instead.

    Thanks,

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    Default Re: the longest verb

    1. So the active and passive forms of the future perfect continuous are used in every day speaking and writing, Yes? And the longest verb in English has 4 or 5 parts for active and passive sentences respectively, Yes?
    The passive form of any perfect continuous is not commonly used- we generally try to avoid saying it. They are the verb forms with the most words.

    2 You could use come:

    I will have been working for 10 hours come midnight
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    PS Please sort your question forms out- adding yes? at the end could be misinterpreted as it is a way of asking questions to patronise, hector, etc.
    Last edited by Tdol; 09-Oct-2012 at 03:43.

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    Default Re: the longest verb

    I will have been working for 10 hours at midnight.
    At midnight, I will have been working for 10 hours.
    I will have been working for 10 hours by midnight.
    By midnight, I will have been working for 10 hours.
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    Default Re: the longest verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The passive form of any perfect continuous is not commonly used- we generally try to avoid saying it. They are the verb forms with the most words.

    2 You could use come:

    I will have been working for 10 hours come midnight
    .

    PS Please sort your question forms out- adding yes? at the end could be misinterpreted as it is a way of asking questions to patronise, hector, etc.
    Most respectfully I want you to pardon my mistake. It was not deliberate. And please mention any similar mistake in our texts. Thanks.

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    Default Re: the longest verb

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Most respectfully I want you to pardon my mistake. It was not deliberate. And please mention any similar mistake in our texts. Thanks.
    I knew it was not the case, which is why I said it could be misinterpreted.

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