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Horizens

Senior Member
Arabic
I was walking in the street and I met a man who started talking to me. The man stood close to me and while talking he used a kind of (spryness) to reach the money in my bag. What is another word can I use instead of the word in brackets?What is the suitable term to describe the mans hand movement in stealing the money?
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    You're right that "spryness" doesn't sound normal in that spot. Perhaps you meant "slyness", which does make some sense.

    Are you trying to say that he was skillful when he did this? Are you trying to say that his hand moved swiftly and deftly as he reached into your bag? Was he trying to be stealthy or sneaky when he did this?
     

    Horizens

    Senior Member
    Arabic
    I got a question a question can I use the words you mentioned : "swiftly", "driftly", "sneaky" and "stealthy" in spoken or less formal language? If not what are words used for less formal context?
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    None of those words is really "formal", Horizens. They are ordinary words that you can use in any kind of language --formal or informal.
     
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