Match, go with, go together

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.