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    burgled

    Can I say this in English?
    I was burgled while I was away.

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    #2

    Re: burgled

    Yes. We understand that you mean that your house/flat was burgled.

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    #3

    Re: burgled

    I agree with Piscean that it's acceptable, but I suspect you're more likely to hear it as jargon from somebody in law enforcement, where there is a technical difference between burglary, robbery, and theft.

    Most of us who aren't in law enforcement tend to lump them all together under the general term of 'robbery', and so we'd say "I was robbed."

    Even if technically you were burgled.
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    Re: burgled

    I would use "I was burgled" if someone broke into my house and stole my belongings. I would use "I was robbed" if someone stole something from me in the street (pickpocketing or similar).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: burgled

    You might want to read this note about "burgle" versus "burglarize."


    https://www.merriam-webster.com/word...-or-burglarize

    Not surprisingly, given my location, I'd say "burglarized."

    Someone broke into out home while we were away.
    Our home was burglarized while we were away.

    I wouldn't object to someone saying "I was burglarized" to mean "my home" but personally I think I'm less likely to say it.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 02-Feb-2017 at 21:08.
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    Re: burgled

    For me, the difference lies in whether you as the victim are absent from the crime (burgled) or present (robbed) regardless of anything else. So if you're at home when it happens, it's a robbery.

    burglarized just sounds plain weird to me as a BrE speaker.

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    #7

    Re: burgled

    I was burgled sounds perfectly natural to my BrE ears. I would not interpret I was robbed in the same way.

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    Re: burgled

    British people are mugged or pickpocketed in the street. They (their homes) are burgled. Their banks are robbed.

    (It's no wonder I left.)

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    Re: burgled

    I simply provided the link to show the difference in American English and British English. It's true that I feel a slight urge to giggle over "burgled" and I'm not at all surprised that "burglarized" sounds odd to you.
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    Re: burgled

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I simply provided the link....
    Or attempted to. I'm afraid it didn't arrive in the post.
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