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    Cheat on

    Hello.

    Hey guys, can we use "cheat on" only in situations when one speaks about adultery or it is possible to say something like "The company cheated on its clients" ? When speaking about a company what preposition shall we use?

    Thank you in advace.

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    Re: Cheat on

    'Cheat on' is only used for unfaithfulness to a spouse or lover.

    'The company cheated its clients' needs no preposition.

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    Re: Cheat on

    While adultery is its usual meaning, "cheating on" is sometimes used colloquially to mean being unfaithful to any established relationship, such as "cheating on" one's pets by cuddling with someone else's. This is very casual, though, so I probably wouldn't use it in formal writing.

    [Not a teacher, just very well-read.]

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    Re: Cheat on

    So I could cheat on my cat? (He wouldn't care.)

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    Re: Cheat on

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    (He wouldn't care.)
    Are you sure?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Cheat on

    I believe there was famous episode of a show I never watched in which the main character went to a hair stylist other than his usual one and referred to it as "cheating on his barber."

    The the analogy is that you have such a "committed" relationship with the person who performs this service for you that using someone else is like being unfaithful to your spouse.
    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: Cheat on

    Oh, thanks. This is a mistake I obviously made very often. I didn't know that "to cheat on" can only used for unfaithfulness to a spouse or lover. In one of my last essays I wrote: "I cheated on my father." And that seems to be wrong.

    I hhink I won't make this mistake anymore.

    Rainer

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    #8

    Re: Cheat on

    Yes, and if you go to another ESL website you will be cheating on us.


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