December 8


Steal vs. Rob


Hi everyone, you’re listening to Cambridge Exam Coach, a podcast for people who want to improve their English.

I’m Kristian, your host, and in this episode we’re talking about the difference between steal and rob.

Both mean ‘to take something without permission’.

To steal focuses on the object or the thing which is taken. For example:

Somebody stole my wallet.

Our car was stolen from outside our house last week.

To rob focuses on the place or person from which the thing is taken. For example,

The men robbed a bank last night.

A young woman was robbed as she walked home from work last night.

But be careful!

When we are talking about a house, we use ‘burgle’:

The house was burgled while they were all sleeping.

We don’t say: ‘The house was robbed …’

To sum it all up:

You wouldn’t say ‘Someone robbed my wallet’ orSomeone robbed my house’.

You would say ‘Someone robbed me and stole my wallet’, or ‘Someone burgled my house and stole my wallet’.

All right, that’s all for today. Take care of yourself, and each other, and I’ll speak to you on the podcast soon, but for now it’s time to say bye bye!

About the author 


Kristian is from The Netherlands, but he lives in Prague, Czechia. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam with grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, podcasts or an audiobook.


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