It is an irresponsible idea to captive animals in zoos.
This is a word with many forms. Let’s look at how they work in sample sentences and then try some practice.
- We captured upwards of four thousand cattle.
- Caught and put into captivity. In the featured image for this post, the zoo ‘captured’ the panda.
- Japanese fishing enterprises included the capture of lobster and mollusks.
- Getting something or someone and putting it into captivity.
captivity (n) (in captivity – adj)
- Females in captivity have produced eggs every 14 days.
- Imprisoned, not free to leave. Notice the formation of an adverb using ‘in’! In the featured image for this post, the panda is ‘in captivity’.
- Captive females have produced eggs every 14 days.
- People or animals held in captivity. In the featured image for this post, the panda is ‘captive’.
- They kept war captives and other persons as slaves.
- Prisoners (usually used for people rather than animals). In the featured image for this post, the panda is ‘a captive’.
- The easiest way to turn plain pictures into captivating stories.
- Stories that are extremely interesting and engaging. In the featured image for this post, the panda is captivating.
- His audience was captivated by his words.
- The audience were extremely focussed on his words. In the featured image for this post, the boy is ‘captivated’.
Note: captivated and captivating behave just like bored and boring!
Our opening sentence could be expressed using more than one form of captive.
- It is an irresponsible idea to keep animals in in captivity in zoos.
- Notice the collocation – ‘keep’ someone or something ‘in captivity’
- It is an irresponsible idea to capture animals and keep them in zoos.