Many students and the media often use 'kecurian' in place of 'pencurian'. To them only 'kecurian' exists and not 'pencurian'. Let me enlighten readers how to use these two words correctly.
According to Kamus Dewan 4th Edition, 'kecurian' means 'kehilangan harta benda kerana kena curian, kemalingan' which means 'burglared'. The model sentence given in the dictionary is 'Kecurianlah baginda tujuh biji peti yang berisi emas.' This is a reverse sentence. The normal one should be 'Baginda kecurian tujuh biji peti yang berisi emas.' It just shows that 'kecurian' is a kata kerja pasif (passive verb).
We can make a sentence such as the one below.
Rumah Hassan kecurian semalam dan banyak barang yang dilarikan oleh pencuri itu.
[Hassan's house was burglared last night and many things were stolen by the thief'.
As for 'pencurian' it means 'perbuatan mencuri' or the act of stealing or theft. You can make a sentence such as the one below:
Pencurian sering berlaku di taman perumahan itu.
[Theft (The act of stealing) often occurs at the housing estate.]
In conclusion, 'kecurian' is a passive verb and 'pencurian' is a noun. Hence it is wrong to write a sentence such as the one below:
Kecurian sering berlaku di taman perumahan itu. [wrong]
So much for 'kecurian' and 'pencurian'.
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