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    Are the following adjective phrases acceptable or natural ?

    (1) a frightening robbery
    (2) a spooky robbery
    (3) a terrifying robbery
    (4) a horrifying robbery

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    Re: frightening

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Are the following adjective phrases acceptable or natural ?

    (1) a frightening robbery
    (2) a spooky robbery
    (3) a terrifying robbery
    (4) a horrifying robbery
    Here's what these make me think.
    1) You are frightened hearing about this. Perhaps it was in your neighborhood and you're worried about your house being robbed next.
    2) Not likely. It sounds like you think ghosts were responsible.
    3) The robbers held people hostage while they robbed the place, perhaps at gunpoint. It was terrifying for the people involved.
    4) Not likely, because "horror" for me involved harm to humans (or living things) not theft. If they killed all the hostages, it would be horrifying, but no longer just a robbery.
    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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    If someone was robbed by a robber, we can say that he/she had a terrifying robbery. Is it right?

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    Re: frightening

    If the robbers behaved in a terrifying manner, making threats about what would happen if they didn't comply, etc., then yes.

    If the person walked up, held up a gun that was pointed to the sky and not at the person, and simply said "Let's have your wallet please, and no one gets hurt" then it would be infuriating and scary, but not terrifying. It depends on your mental stamina, I guess.
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    Re: frightening

    All of the adjectives are acceptable and their use would depend more on what the victim(s) say than anyone else. We may not agree with them but that is not the point.

    The point about spooky is the way in which the robbery has taken place. Imagine a house that has been locked up and all internal doors locked; no keys of any sort were left in the house. The owners return to find that a robbery has taken place and yet the house and all doors, windows etc are still locked. Some people may well be entitled to consider that as spooky.

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