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Gender is not a problem when it comes to cheering on my favorite Taiwanese baseball team, the Brother Elephants.

Hi,

Could I replace 'cheering on" in the above with "cheering for//rooting for?" Thanks.
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Rooting is more casual. Cheering on suggests more specific encouragement to win than does cheering for.
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cheer on is a (separable) phrasal verb.
to cheer on the team; to cheer the team on; to cheer them on.
cheer for is a normal verb with a preposition.
to cheer for the team.
on has the sense of encouragement of continuing forward motion.
to cheer on; to urge on; to egg on.

for has the sense of being in favor of someone or something.
to cheer for; to vote for; to stand up for.
CJ
(Leaving out on sounds weird to my ear.)
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Thanks, Mister.

By the way, could I omit 'on' after "cheering?" If not, what does "on" refer to?
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Thanks, Jim.

Got it.