do not be cruel with / to + object

  • Conejillo

    Senior Member
    English - England / West Coast USA
    I agree with geostan, you would usually say "cruel to" rather than "cruel with".

    For example:

    "Don't be so cruel to the cat!"
    "He made nasty comments and was very cruel to her."

    I think that both "cruel to" and "cruel with" would be understood, but "cruel with" might sound a little strange in some circumstances.

    Note: You could say "I hope that I wasn't too cruel with my remarks."
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