A number of elderly people,
mainly women, were easy prey for
two teenage boys who targeted
vulnerable people systematically
in a bid to steal their wallets, a
court heard yesterday.
Four women had their purse
robbed, while in two other cases
the attempt was foiled when the
(Times of Malta 21 July 2016)
That news report carries 2 related words: steal and borrow. The first part, “… in a bid to steal their wallets” is correct. However, the second part, “Four women had their purse robbed …“, is not.
The reason is because you STEAL something (a credit card/a bicycle/the Mona Lisa) but ROB someone or somewhere (a delivery man/a customer/a bank}. The newspaper report should read:
- Four women had their purse stolen
- Two teenage boys robbed four women of their purse
Over to you …write in now!
Have you ever been robbed? Where and when was it? What was stolen?