principal parts

plural noun

Definition of principal parts

: 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

First Known Use of principal parts

1714

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PRINCIPAL PARTS Defined for English Language Learners

principal parts

Definition of principal parts for English Language Learners

  • grammar : the main forms of a verb


PRINCIPAL PARTS Defined for Kids

principal parts

noun plural

Definition of principal parts for Students

: the infinitive, the past tense, and the past and present participles of an English verb

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