Could you tell me what is the difference between match, suit and fit. I know their usage for clothes (color,size e.t.c.), but I'm wondering about other cases. For example: When your skills don't (match/suit/fit) the vacancy or when I want to take back something to the shop because it doesn't (match/suit/fit). Thank you!
I've been thinking about this, particularly in the example of a job vacancy - it's quite an interesting question. I think there are subtle differences between them, but it's just a matter of emphasis:
- match emphasises how your skills compare to a list of skills required; so, I'm a good match for this vacancy because I can do X, Y and Z
- fit emphasises how you'd fill a gap in the organisation; so, I'm a good fit for this vacancy because I can provide the skills you are short of
- suit emphasises personal preference; so, this vacancy suits me because I enjoy doing X.
Like I say though, it's an interesting question - and that's just my perspective on how the words are used in practice. Others might disagree.
For when these meanings are close (they have other meanings which are very different):
- 'fit' means the clothes are the right measurements for you (not too long or short). That is 'This jacket fits you well' or 'This bolt fits this nut'.
- 'suit' means it looks good on you or goes with your general style (probably means it fits too). That is, 'This dress really suits you'.
- 'match' means two pieces of clothing go well together. For example, 'the pink of the shoes matches the highlights in the collar of the shirt'.
A dictionary will show the many other meanings (eg match in a game of tennis, suit as in a jacket and pants, fit as in healthy).
You can also use 'befit' : http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/befit
That was the word I was looking for today