chapter  5
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Most verbs have six forms: three finite forms (the present tense, the past tense and the imperative) and three non-finite forms (the infinitive, the present participle and the past participle). The principal parts of the verb, i.e. those from which the other forms are derived, are: the infinitive, the past tense and the past participle. These are also the forms which (some­ times together with the present tense) occur in most lists of verbs.