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    Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned that I'm going to be ripped off

    Teather~!
    Which is natural expression? please rewrite if my question is wrong

    Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned about me to get ripped off

    Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned that I'm going to be ripped off

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    Re: Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned that I'm going to be ripped off

    The second would be correct if it ended with a period and didn't have a space before the comma.

    Ask Which expression is natural?
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    Re: Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned that I'm going to be ripped off

    Or:
    ... I'm worried about getting ripped off.
    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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    Re: Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned that I'm going to be ripped off

    Quote Originally Posted by pines kevin View Post
    Teather~!
    What does "teather" mean? Why is there a squiggly line after it? Why is there an exclamation mark?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned that I'm going to be ripped off

    "Ripped off" means being swindled or over-charged in AusE. It doesn't mean pick-pocketed or robbed. You can't be ripped off just by sight-seeing.
    Is this different elsewhere?

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    Re: Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned that I'm going to be ripped off

    If you are the sort of person who is tempted by the offers of bus tours round the city, walking tours, boat trips, pub crawls, etc, you may well get ripped off while you are sightseeing.

    Where I live, for example, tourist coach trips to local castles and beauty spots can cost five times or more as much as very easily self-organised trips by train/bus. The 'free' walking tours often end with a virtual demand for a generous tip, with a heavy-handed recommendation of the minimum amount that is acceptable.

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    Re: Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned that I'm going to be ripped off

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Ripped off" means being swindled or over-charged in AusE. It doesn't mean pick-pocketed or robbed. You can't be ripped off just by sight-seeing.
    Is this different elsewhere?
    The first time I heard the term ripoff, it meant having money stolen by intimidation. Since then, it evolved in AmE to mean any kind of theft, real or metaphorical. For example, That show was a real ripoff. It wasn't worth half what they charged for it.
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    Re: Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned that I'm going to be ripped off

    But that's the point I was making. You felt ripped off by being over-charged.

    Let's say you're walking down the street and someone mugs you and steals your wallet. That is not called being "ripped off" in Australia. I was asking if it was anywhere else, since I interpreted that to be the OP's meaning which, as yet, we don't know.

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    Re: Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned that I'm going to be ripped off

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Let's say you're walking down the street and someone mugs you and steals your wallet. That is not called being "ripped off" in Australia. I was asking if it was anywhere else, since I interpreted that to be the OP's meaning which, as yet, we don't know.
    When I first heard the word, a ripoff described exactly the situation you presented. I don't think it's used that way anymore in AmE though. Its meaning has softened, as slang that gets absorbed into everyday language so often does.
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    Re: Whenever I go sightseeing , I'm concerned that I'm going to be ripped off

    In BrE, in my lifetime, being ripped off has never meant being robbed or pickpocketed. It has always meant being swindled out of money, either by way of a scam or simply by being charged more for something than it's actually worth.
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