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    Hi, I'd like to ask you about "Suit" and "Match".
    These shoes won't __________ your trousers.
    Which word is suitable for this sentence?
    And I'd like to know if "suit" and "match" go with preposition(s) or not? If they do, what are the prepositions and what do they mean?
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    Default Re: "Suit" and "Match"

    Clothes and shoes usually suit a person (ie they look good on that person) but two pieces of clothing would be said to match each other (or not).

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    Does "suit" go with any prepositions?

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    Default Re: "Suit" and "Match"

    Not usually. It's a transitive verb so the object comes right after it without a preposition.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: "Suit" and "Match"

    The teacher in my school said that "suit" often goes with the prep. "to", that's "suit to...". Is it right?

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    Default Re: "Suit" and "Match"

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    The teacher in my school said that "suit" often goes with the prep. "to", that's "suit to...". Is it right?
    See post #4.

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    Default Re: "Suit" and "Match"

    In some constructions, a "to" might appear but not in the construction we were talking about.

    That dress suits you (not "suits to you").
    The clothes suit the girl (not "suit to the girl").

    Here are a couple of constructions where "to" is appropriate:

    The staff are well suited to the company.
    The mature trees are well suited to the formal garden.

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    Default Re: "Suit" and "Match"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Here are a couple of constructions where "to" is appropriate:

    The staff are well suited to the company.
    The mature trees are well suited to the formal garden.
    Are there any differences if we omit "to" in these sentences?
    The staff are well suited to the company.
    The staff are well suited the company.

    The mature trees are well suited to the formal garden.
    The mature trees are well suited the formal garden.

    Should I use "suit to" when writing/speaking?

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    Default Re: "Suit" and "Match"

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    Are there any differences if we omit "to" in these sentences?
    The staff are well suited to the company.
    The staff are well suited the company.

    The mature trees are well suited to the formal garden.
    The mature trees are well suited the formal garden.

    Should I use "suit to" when writing/speaking?
    You can't omit "to" from those sentences, either in writing or speaking.
    That is, you can't write/say "<Subject> is/are well suited <object>"; but you will have noticed that that is an entirely different sentence from "<Subject> suits/doesn't suit <object>".

    They are different constructions.
    "A likes B" - Right; "A is liked B" - Wrong; "A is liked by B" - Right.
    "A suits B" - Right; "A is suited B" - Wrong; "A is suited to B" - Right.

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    Default Re: "Suit" and "Match"

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    Are there any differences if we omit "to" in these sentences?
    The staff are well suited to the company.
    The staff are well suited the company. X

    The mature trees are well suited to the formal garden.
    The mature trees are well suited the formal garden. X

    Should I use "suit to" when writing/speaking?
    The simple answer to your question is "Yes, the difference is that if you omit "to" the sentence is incorrect."

    The staff are well suited to the company.
    The staff suit the company.

    The mature trees are well suited to the formal garden.
    The mature trees suit the formal garden.

    It doesn't matter whether you use "suited to" or "suit" when writing/speaking but you need to make sure you use the "to" when it's appropriate and omit it when it's not, as I have shown above.

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