a combining form extracted from kidnap, with the general sense “abduct or steal in order to collect a ransom”: artnap; petnap; starnap.
Telling Us How and When: Adverbs at WorkWhat does an adverb do? An adverb is a word that modifies or describes verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Adverbs typically answer questions like how or when in relation to the action of a sentence. Many, but not all, common adverbs end in -ly, like quickly, usually, and completely. Modifying Verbs As their name implies, adverbs describe or modify verbs. A verb is the action …
“Harry Potter” author may face plagiarism trial. What is the precise meaning of plagiarism?This week a British judge refused to dismiss a plagiarism lawsuit against best-selling author J.K. Rowling. The claims against the wildly successful creator of “Harry Potter” say that she stole ideas from an obscure fantasy book. The judge said that a proper hearing should be held to consider the matter. Is plagiarism simply copying words? Or is it more complicated than that? The dictionary defines …
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