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    Smile John cheated/cheated on Mary.

    John cheated Mary.
    John cheated on Mary.


    Do both of the above samples sound correct? If yes, do they convey the same idea? Thanks.

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    Re: John cheated/cheated on Mary.

    They both sound correct, but they have different meanings.

    John cheated Mary.

    John used some kind of dishonesty in order to take something away from Mary. Example: Mary gave John money to invest for her, but John spent the money on himself.

    John cheated on Mary.

    This sentence has only one meaning: John has promised Mary that he will not have romantic relations with any other women, but he broke that promise.

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    Re: John cheated/cheated on Mary.

    Thanks, mykwyner, for the clear reply.
    Got it.

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