CP Omitting Linux Command Error

So I was trying to copy one folder to another location and kept getting this error:

cp: omitting directory

and it would not copy the directory over. This is the command I was running

 cp FOLDER /root/DRIVE

I am fairly new to Linux so I did not know what I was doing wrong.  After looking at the man page and some searching I found that I needed to put a -r after CP. Here is the syntax:

 cp -r FOLDER /root/DRIVE

the -r is copying the folder recursively.

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