This is simple a question based on curiosity. I have tried to research different combinations of helping verbs and action verbs that contain more than four consecutive verbs, but I can't seem to find any. Here are the constraints for what I am looking for:
- The verbs must be consecutive.
- no compound verbs (So you can't have the following sentence or something like it: I ate chips, watched the telvision, went to the park, came home, and slept.)
- The verbs can be in any tense as long as they are grammatically correct.
- The verbs must be part of the same verb phrase (Joan, I know, will push herself as much as she can to accomplish her goals. "Know" and "will push" are not part of the same verb phrase.
Here's an example of what I am looking for:
If you get out of the water now, you will have been afloat for a total of twenty minutes.
Does anyone think they know a verb phrase that has more than four consecutive verbs?