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    #1

    rip-off and stealing

    Hello guys,
    this question came up:

    If I buy a low quality pc and pay a lot of money for it, so, can I say:

    - This computer is a rip-off !!!
    - The salesman ripped me off !!!
    - I was ripped off by a salesman who sold me a pc.
    - This pc is a stealing.
    - The salesman stealed from me by selling a low quality pc.

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: rip-off and stealing

    Hello MB,

    For me, the first three sentences are fine.

    In #4, the gerund "stealing" surprises me; I wouldn't expect to hear it.

    In #5, you might possibly say "the salesman stole from me by selling me a low-quality pc", as a flamboyant way of saying "the salesman ripped me off..."; but I wouldn't expect to hear it.

    Best wishes,

    MrP
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    #3

    Re: rip-off and stealing

    Ok, I got it. Many thanks.

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    #4

    Re: rip-off and stealing

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello MB,



    In #4, the gerund "stealing" surprises me; I wouldn't expect to hear it.
    In North America we can say 'This pc is a steal.', but this meaning is the opposite of that of the other 4 sentences.
    Saying something is a steal means that it was an extremely good bargain, so inexpensive for its value that buying it at that price was almost like stealing it.

    Best wishes,

    MrP
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    #5

    Re: rip-off and stealing

    Thanks for the tip, 2006

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    #6

    Re: rip-off and stealing

    You can say 'daylight robbery' for something that is grossly overpriced.


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    Re: rip-off and stealing

    rip-off
    [usually sing.] something that is not worth what you pay for it: $70 for a T-shirt! What a rip-off!

    rip sboff [usually passive] (informal) to cheat sb, by making them pay too much, by selling them sth of poor quality, etc.: Tourists complain of being ripped off by local cab drivers.

    daylight robbery (informal) the fact of sb charging too much money for sth: You wouldn’t believe some of the prices they charge; it’s daylight robbery.

    be a steal (especially NAmE) to be for sale at an unexpectedly low price: This suit is a steal at $80.

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