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Dear Ted:

Is there a difference between "It SUITS you" and "It FITS you"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is there a difference between "It SUITS you" and "It FITS you"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** Generally, both phrases mean the same thing and can be interchanged.  Both of them mean that something is appropriate for someone.  In a special sense, the phrase "it fits you" can be used to describe how well you wear an article of clothing.

EXAMPLES:

The nickname "Flash" really suits/fits Joey.

She has been described as "wavering," which fits/suits her personality, because she is constantly changing her mind.

If the shoes FIT YOU, you should buy them.

He bought a pair of pants, because they suited his taste.  Unfortunately, when the pants fell down to his ankles, he realized that they did not fit him.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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