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.
- Dr. EmLv 69 years agoFavorite 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.
- NeilLv 79 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.
- JoLv 49 years ago
nothing really, they are synonyms