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    Word to describe movement of a cat

    I was told by my teacher that we could say "The cat steals down the ladder." I wonder if this is the correct word to describe the movement of a cat. I know a horse gallops. What is the act of a cat's moving called?

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    Re: Word to describe movement of a cat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I was told by my teacher that we could say "The cat steals down the ladder." I wonder if this is the correct word to describe the movement of a cat. I know a horse gallops. What is the act of a cat's moving called?

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    It depends. A cat can walk, run, climb etcetera.

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    Re: Word to describe movement of a cat

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It depends. A cat can walk, run, climb etcetera.
    Thanks, Bhaisahab.

    The cat steals down the ladder. Is 'steals down' correctly used?

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    Re: Word to describe movement of a cat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Bhaisahab.

    The cat steals down the ladder. Is 'steals down' correctly used?
    Steal | Define Steal at Dictionary.com

    Which of these definitions do you think fits best? Do you think one of them is how it is used here?

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    Re: Word to describe movement of a cat

    Steal | Define Steal at Dictionary.com

    One definition of "steal" is "
    to
    move,
    go,
    or
    come
    secretly,
    quietly,
    or
    unobserved." So, yes, it's possible, but not very common to use "steal" in this way.


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    #6

    Re: Word to describe movement of a cat

    My cats seem to spend an amazing amount of time lazing and lounging... kind of the opposite of moving.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Word to describe movement of a cat

    Hi Barb

    I think your cats are overfed. They need to go for a slimming course.

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    Re: Word to describe movement of a cat

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    So, yes, it's possible, but not very common to use "steal" in this way.

    I'm pretty sure you already knew that, Dave! I was hoping the OP would answer the question :)

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    Re: Word to describe movement of a cat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    I'm pretty sure you already knew that, Dave! I was hoping the OP would answer the question :)
    Our posts passed in the night.

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    I'll forgive you then :)

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