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    Exclamation Urgent!

    Please help...

    Why is this sentence grammatically incorrect.

    'He robbed my handbag.'

    The correct being 'He stole my handbag'

    But how do I explain why 'Robbed' is incorrect.

    Urgent help needed!!!

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    Default Re: Urgent!

    To rob means to take something away forcefully, using threats or violence.
    from a person, place or organization.

    Correct:
    He robbed me of my handbag
    The bank has been robbed.(not 'the robbers robbed the money from the bank!)

    'He stole my handbag' means something else - taking away something without the person knowing.

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    Default Re: Urgent!

    Thank you! much appreciated

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    Default Re: Urgent!

    Rob + victim (person/place)
    Steal + money, goods, etc, taken

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