Share
Explore BrainMass

What are the principle parts in the Latin language?

Solution Preview

Most Latin verbs have four principal parts. This means that there are four forms of that verb which, if you know them, allow you to create any verb form (in any tense, any mood or any person). The principal part tells you everything you need to know about that verb. When you start learning verbs, they will probably be presented as four parts and you should learn all four parts. (In the following explanation, you may not have come across all of the tenses and grammar mentioned but it merely shows the relevance each principal part.)
An example of this is the verb "to carry". The four principal parts of this in Latin are:

porto; portare; portavi; portatum

porto: this part of the verb, with the "o" ending, is the first ...

Solution Summary

Most Latin verbs have four principal parts. This means that there are four forms of that verb which, if you know them, allow you to create any verb form (in any tense, any mood or any person). This solution outlines these four parts. 500 words.

$2.19