A phrase a week (9)

Hello! It’s been nearly three weeks since my last post. I’m sorry about that. In it I wrote about the difference between fit and suit. Today I’ll be looking at match and go with or go together. They too are commonly confused verbs.

We use match when we want to say that things are nearly the same in some way and look good together: The curtains don’t match the carpet (= they are not the same pattern/colour).

When things look right together in style, colour, etc, they go together or go with each other: The curtains don’t go with the carpet (= they are not the same colour and do not look good together either). Things can go together in other ways too: Fish and white wine go particularly well together.

Try to use these verbs the next time you speak in English, or make some examples of your own. It will help you remember them more easily.

Bye for now.

A phrase a week (8)

Hello and welcome back to A phrase a week. Today I’ll be looking at two commonly confused verbs: fit and suit. Both are used in reference to clothes, shoes or other personal things, but they aren’t interchangeable. Fit means to be the right size and shape for someone or something: The dress fits perfectly.| The jacket fitted me pretty well but the trousers were too small.

Suit means that clothes or other personal things are the right style, colour etc for someone. If that’s the case, you say they suit that person: Casual clothes really don’t suit her. | A green dress won’t suit me.

In British English the usual past form of fit is fitted, but you can also use fit in more informal English: Two years ago, these knickers fit me perfectly. In American English, the usual past form is fit, but you can also use fitted.

Right. That’s all for this week then. Now I must find a jumper that suits me. Oh, yes – the brown one. Just perfect.

Take care