principal parts
noun plural Date: 1870 a series of verb forms from which all the other forms of a verb can be derived including in English the infinitive, the past tense, and the present and past participles

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • principal parts — n. the principal inflected forms of a verb, from which the other forms may be derived: in English, the principal parts are the infinitive, past tense, and past participle (Ex: drink, drank, drunk; go, went, gone): the present participle, derived… …   English World dictionary

  • principal parts — noun plural MAINLY BRITISH the basic forms of an English verb, from which other verb forms are made, such as the INFINITIVE, PAST TENSE, and PAST PARTICIPLE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Principal parts — In language learning, the principal parts of a verb are those forms that a student must memorize in order to be able to conjugate the verb through all its forms.By languageEnglishIn English, the verb love derives all its forms systematically (… …   Wikipedia

  • principal parts — noun plural : a series of verb forms from which all the other forms of a verb can be derived including in English the infinitive, the past tense, and the past participle (as play, played, played or sing, sang, sung) * * * noun [plural] grammar :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • principal parts — noun (plural) technical the parts of a verb from which other parts are formed in English; the infinitive, past tense, present participle, past participle …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • principal parts — prin′cipal parts′ n. gram. a set of inflected forms of a verb from which all the other inflected forms can be derived, as sing, sang, sung or smoke, smoked: sometimes considered to include the present participle, as singing or smoking[/ex] •… …   From formal English to slang

  • principal parts — Gram. a set of inflected forms of a form class from which all the other inflected forms can be derived, as sing, sang, sung; smoke, smoked. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • principal parts — UK / US noun [plural] linguistics the basic forms of an English verb, from which other verb forms are made, such as the infinitive, past tense, and past participle …   English dictionary

  • principal parts — /prɪnsəpəl ˈpats/ (say prinsuhpuhl pahts) plural noun a set of inflected forms of a verb from which all the other inflected forms can be inferred (theoretically, the smallest such set) as sing, sang, sung; smoke, smoked …   Australian English dictionary

  • principal — adj. & n. adj. 1 (usu. attrib.) first in rank or importance; chief (the principal town of the district). 2 main, leading (a principal cause of my success). 3 (of money) constituting the original sum invested or lent. n. 1 a head, ruler, or… …   Useful english dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”