summary or abstract of a longer piece of writing
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A summary gives a short overview, or the main points, of something longer. She talked for days about the 800-page romantic novel, but her boyfriend’s summary was “Girl meets boy, boy meets girl, boy rides horse into sunset, girl meets new boy. The end.”
Summary is a noun, and “summery” is an adjective, but they sound alike and both describe something short. A summer feels like a short piece of a long year, and a summary is a short statement about a longer piece. When a long speech or writing needs retelling in a short amount of time, a summary conveys the meaning in fewer words. Often a book cover has a summary of what’s inside, and an introduction has a summary of the main points in a chapter.
Am I, or am I not, flatly exaggerating in this summary of losses?
Each student should be quizzed on his reading, or should be required to give a summary of it.