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 from the present infinitive with the addition of -ing, is sometimes regarded as one of the principal parts.
In traditional grammars of inflected languages, the forms of the verb that are considered basic and from which all other forms of the verb are derived.
In English, the present infinitive ( play, eat, put ), the past tense ( played, ate, put ), the present participle ( playing, eating, putting ), and the past participle ( played, eaten, put ).
Principal-parts Sentence Examples
Before that time it was based exclusively on the use of the harpsichord either as a means of supporting the other instruments or as also contributing principal parts to the combination.
But for the present he confined himself to the subject in hand; and on the 19th of October 1845 he produced his Tannhauser, with Schroeder Devrient, Johanna Wagner,' Tichatschek and Mitterwurzer in the principal parts.
On the 10th of June 1865 at Munich, Tristan and Isolde was produced for the first time, with Herr and Frau Schnorr in the principal parts.
In the eastern part of the country (Pennsylvania, Ohio, &c.) the system is divided into four principal parts:
The principal parts are usually hereditary in certain families; and are assigned with regard to moral character as well as dramatic ability.