what's the difference between rob and steal?


i do know they are synonyms. i'm sitting for a CELTA test and there are lots of questions like this. i can't just say there is no difference between them.

4 Answers

  • Dr. Em
    Lv 6
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Robbery is stealing from a person or persons directly, whereas stealing is taking from a person or persons property or business often while they are absent but always when they are unaware. For a bonus point, technically the difference between robbery and burglary is burglary is when unlawful entry is gained from the first floor of a building upwards and robbery is normally in through a ground floor door or window.

  • Neil
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    'Rob' - You point a gun at the clerk behind the counter of a convenience store and demand money.

    'Steal' - You slip a few magazines from a convenience store under your jacket and walk out without paying.

    In other words, 'robbing' is more personal. 'Stealing' is more secretive.

  • tichur
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    There is a difference...threat or use of violence or force. This only exists in "to rob."

    Stealing can happen without the victim's knowledge

  • Jo
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    nothing really, they are synonyms

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