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    a person who it is easy to cheat or make suffer

    Why not use "to be cheated or made suffer"? The active form ("to cheat") is like that a patsy is a fraud.

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    a person who it is easy to cheat or make suffer




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    Re: a person who it is easy to cheat or make suffer

    Please name the dictionary you have quoted.

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    Re: a person who it is easy to cheat or make suffer

    According to Cambridge English Dictionary patsy means:
    a person who it is easy to cheat or make suffer
    Some adjectives can be used with infinitives in a special structure, in which the subject of the clause is really the object of the infinitive. Examples are easy, hard, difficult, impossible, good, ready, and adjectives after enough and too:

    He's easy to please.
    (= To please him is easy. OR It is easy to please him.)
    Japanese is difficult for Europeans to learn.
    (= It is difficult for Europeans to learn Japanese.)
    His theory is impossible to understand.
    (= It is impossible to understand his theory.)
    Are these berries good to eat?
    The apples were ripe enough to pick.
    The letters are ready to sign. The box was too heavy to lift.

    Michael Swan, Practical English Usage Third edition, Page 260
    Last edited by Mori; 02-Dec-2016 at 20:36.

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    Re: a person who it is easy to cheat or make suffer

    Patsy - a person who it is easy to cheat or [to] make suffer

    That is correct. That does not say that a patsy is a person who cheats easily or easily makes other suffer.

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