How can I pass the FormGroup of a parent component to its child component using the current Form API

I would like to pass the parent component’s FormGroup to its child for the purpose of displaying an error-message using the child.

Given the following parent:


import { Component, OnInit } from '@angular/core'
import {
  REACTIVE_FORM_DIRECTIVES, AbstractControl, FormBuilder, FormControl, FormGroup, Validators
} from '@angular/forms'

  selector: 'parent-cmp',
  templateUrl: 'language.component.html',
  styleUrls: ['language.component.css'],
  directives: [ErrorMessagesComponent]
export class ParentCmp implements OnInit {
  form: FormGroup;
  first: AbstractControl;
  second: AbstractControl;
  constructor(private _fb: FormBuilder) {
    this.first = new FormControl('');
    this.second = new FormControl('')
  ngOnInit() {
    this.form ={
      'first': this.first,
      'second': this.second

I would now like to pass the form:FormGroup variable above to the child component below:


import { Component, OnInit, Input } from '@angular/core'
import { NgIf } from '@angular/common'
import {REACTIVE_FORM_DIRECTIVES, FormGroup } from '@angular/forms'

  selector: 'epimss-error-messages',
  template: `<span class="error" *ngIf="errorMessage !== null">{{errorMessage}}</span>`,
  styles: [],
  directives: [REACTIVE_FORM_DIRECTIVES, NgIf]  
export class ErrorMessagesComponent implements OnInit {
  @Input() ctrlName: string

  constructor(private _form: FormGroup) { }

  ngOnInit() { }

  get errorMessage() {
    // Find the control in the Host (Parent) form
    let ctrl = this._form.find(this.ctrlName);
    console.log('ctrl| ', ctrl);

//    for (let propertyName of ctrl.errors) {
//      // If control has a error
//      if (ctrl.errors.hasOwnProperty(propertyName) && ctrl.touched) {
//        // Return the appropriate error message from the Validation Service
//        return CustomValidators.getValidatorErrorMessage(propertyName);
//      }
//    }

    return null;

The constructor formGroup represents the FormGroup of the parent – in its present form it does not work.

I am trying to follow this obsolete example at

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