Hello, and welcome again to "Mistake Monday"! Today we'll look at a Common Error that I've noticed in some of my classes: confusing the words steal and rob. Today we'll talk about how to use these two words correctly, and on Wednesday we'll look at some words related to crime and criminals.
|Robin Hood is a famous character in English literature. According to the legend, he robbed the rich and gave to the poor. Even though he stole many things, it was for a good reason. (Image Credit)|
|Common Error: steal vs. rob|
|DON’T say this:|
|WHY?||Both "steal" and "rob" are verbs. Their tenses are:|
to steal - stole - has/have stolen
to rob - robbed - has/have robbed
-The word steal is used when a criminal takes objects from a person, car, house, etc.
-If you say steal, it's normally followed by the object that was taken.
-The word rob is also used when a criminal takes objects from a person, car, house, etc.
-The difference is that when you say rob, it's normally followed by the owner of the stolen object, or the location where the objects were stolen.
|INSTEAD, SAY THIS:||-"The criminals robbed my house."|
-"He stole my backpack when I wasn't looking!"
-"She stole fifteen dollars from me."
-"She robbed me and stole fifteen dollars."
-"Someone stole my car stereo last night, but at least they didn't steal the car. It was the first time I was ever robbed."
So, that's it for today. If you have questions or comments, please leave a comment or contact me. Thanks for reading, and have a great week!