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Why fit but not suit?



 
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Why fit but not suit? #1 (permalink) Sat Oct 21, 2006 16:46 pm   Why fit but not suit?
 

English Synonym, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #63 "Synonyms for adapt", question 8

These trousers are my size, they perfectly ......... me.

(a) match
(b) suit
(c) fit
(d) correspond

English Synonym, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #63 "Synonyms for adapt", answer 8

These trousers are my size, they perfectly fit me.

Correct answer: (c) fit

Your answer was: incorrect
These trousers are my size, they perfectly suit me.
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why fit but not suit?? could you explane me, please :)

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Fit vs. suit #2 (permalink) Sat Oct 21, 2006 17:20 pm   Fit vs. suit
 

You can read about the difference between 'fit' and 'suit' in the following thread:

'Can you fit the pieces' vs. 'Can you match the pieces'
http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic8409.html
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Why fit but not suit? #3 (permalink) Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:54 am   Why fit but not suit?
 

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These trousers are my size, they perfectly ......... me.

Don't you think a semi colon would look better here?

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Punctuation #4 (permalink) Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:25 pm   Punctuation
 

As far as I've been able to notice, colons and semicolons are not so popular in English as in some other languages -- dashes and commas are favoured instead. My personal choice in your quoted sentence would have been a colon or a double dash (also called 'em dash' and which, according to some, should not be surrounded by spaces).
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Why fit but not suit? #5 (permalink) Sun Oct 22, 2006 16:33 pm   Why fit but not suit?
 

Thank you, Conchita :D

I only mentioned that because Mister Micawber advises against comma splices sentences.

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Why fit but not suit? #6 (permalink) Sun Oct 22, 2006 17:05 pm   Why fit but not suit?
 

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Good point, Tom.
How would you prefer to repair that splice? :D

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Why fit but not suit? #7 (permalink) Sun Oct 22, 2006 17:07 pm   Why fit but not suit?
 

...by putting either a semi colon or a period. :D

Do we agree, Amy?

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Why fit but not suit? #8 (permalink) Sun Oct 22, 2006 17:51 pm   Why fit but not suit?
 

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Even though a semicolon is appropriate, I'd prefer a period/full stop. :D

(or even the word and after the comma) ;)
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Semicolon #9 (permalink) Sun Oct 22, 2006 23:27 pm   Semicolon
 

1...I believe that semicolon should be one word.
2...The sentence in question is a good example of one of the classic uses of a semicolon, to separate independent clauses in a compound sentence.
Using a comma there is wrong. Using a semicolon rather having two sentences at least offers the advantage of not having to strike and then release the Caps lock. :) I prefer a semicolon.
3..."The trousers are my size; they fit me perfectly." sounds much more natural to me, althought the sentence as written is not incorrect.
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