principal parts


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principal parts

pl.n.
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 principal parts are 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

pl n
1. (Grammar) grammar the main inflected forms of a verb, from which all other inflections may be deduced. In English they are generally considered to consist of the third person present singular, present participle, past tense, and past participle
2. (Mathematics) the sides and interior angles of a triangle

prin′cipal parts′


n.
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.
[1865–70]
Translations

principal parts

pl (Gram: of verb) → Stammformen pl

principal parts

npl (Gram) → paradigma msg
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These are the principal parts and most worthy of notice in Hippodamus's plan.
He was to be the means of bringing together again these two people who had played the principal parts in Lovell's drama--his new employer and the woman who had ruined his life.
And when I came it was the same: everything was neglected but French, German, music, singing, dancing, fancy-work, and a little drawing--such drawing as might produce the greatest show with the smallest labour, and the principal parts of which were generally done by me.
If, on the contrary, there be but one government pervading all the States, there will be, as to the principal part of our commerce, but ONE SIDE to guard -- the ATLANTIC COAST.
If it be true that the principal part of beauty is in decent motion, certainly it is no marvel, though persons in years seem many times more amiable; pulchrorum autumnus pulcher; for no youth can be comely but by pardon, and considering the youth, as to make up the comeliness.
"It is, indeed, a feast in which flowers play a principal part."
When the place couldn't hold no more, the duke he quit tending door and went around the back way and come on to the stage and stood up before the curtain and made a little speech, and praised up this tragedy, and said it was the most thrillingest one that ever was; and so he went on a- bragging about the tragedy, and about Edmund Kean the Elder, which was to play the main principal part in it; and at last when he'd got everybody's expecta- tions up high enough, he rolled up the curtain, and the next minute the king come a-prancing out on all fours, naked; and he was painted all over, ring- streaked-and-striped, all sorts of colors, as splendid as a rainbow.
I do not think any young woman has a right to make a choice that may be disagreeable and inconvenient to the principal part of her family, and be giving bad connections to those who have not been used to them.
The repast was long and sumptuous; excellent Spanish wine, fine Morbihan oysters, exquisite fish from the mouth of the Loire, enormous prawns from Paimboeuf, and delicious game from the moors, constituted the principal part of it.
And I dare say she thought of the dress she was to wear as bridesmaid, and of the presents which she should make to her nice little sister-in-law, and of a subsequent ceremony in which she herself might play a principal part, &c., and &c., and &c., and &c.
"Gentlemen sometimes do not realize--" Her voice faded away, but Miss Bartlett seemed to understand and a conversation developed, in which gentlemen who did not thoroughly realize played a principal part. Lucy, not realizing either, was reduced to literature.
It is all round the house, but the principal part is on the south side and has evidently always been so.

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