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    #1

    burgle or burglarized

    Is there any difference between two sentences given below?

    "Did I tell you that my house has been burgled?"

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    "Did I tell you that my house has been burglarized?"

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    Re: burgle or burglarized

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is there any difference between two sentences given below?

    "Did I tell you that my house has been burgled?"

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    "Did I tell you that my house has been burglarized?"
    I think "burglarized" might be AmE. In BrE we would say "burgled".

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    #4

    Re: burgle or burglarized

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think "burglarized" might be AmE. In BrE we would say "burgled".
    Thatīs very interesting. Yes, we use burglarized in AmE. I had never before heard the word burgled used, other than in jest.

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    #5

    Re: burgle or burglarized

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Thatīs very interesting. Yes, we use burglarized in AmE. I had never before heard the word burgled used, other than in jest.
    I see. So, in AmE, is the verb "to burglarize", and do you call the person who "burglarizes" a "burglarizer"? In BrE the verb is "to burgle" and the person who "burgles" is called a "burglar".

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    #6

    Re: burgle or burglarized

    Are you asking that in jest as well? I can't tell.

    It's a bugler.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: burgle or burglarized

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Are you asking that in jest as well? I can't tell.

    It's a bugler.
    No, not really in jest. It would seem logical that if the verb is "to burglarize", (is it?) then the person would be "a burglarizer". A burglar burgles, so does a burglarizer burglarize?
    My Ubuntu (American English) spell checker doesn't recognise either "burglar" or "burglarizer".

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    #8

    Re: burgle or burglarized

    Meanwhile, I'm laughing out loud here over my use of "bugler" (as in, the person who plays the bugle!) instead of burglar.

    One of my more amusing typos!

    Burglar - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
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    #9

    Re: burgle or burglarized

    If it's a robot, we could call it a burglarizinator.

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    #10

    Re: burgle or burglarized

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Are you asking that in jest as well? I can't tell.

    It's a bugler.
    I loved your typo; it made me laugh out loud as well. I had visions of a burglar announcing his arrival with a bugle.

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