Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2009
    • Posts: 188
    #1

    Question They observed how the parts of the machine (were) fitted togehter.

    They observed how the parts of the machine fitted together.

    Dear teachers,

    The above is taken from a handy dictionary and I indeed think there is something wrong in it. I would write it this way:

    They observed how the parts of the machine were fitted together.


    Could you please clear it up? Thanks.


    LQZ

  1. rlfwood's Avatar

    • Join Date: Jan 2010
    • Posts: 96
    #2

    Re: They observed how the parts of the machine (were) fitted togehter.

    Either version is acceptable, but they have slightly different meanings.

    In the first one, "fitted together" refers to how the individual parts of the machine interacted or meshed with each other.

    In the second, "were fitted together" refers to the manner in which the parts were installed into the machine. (Note that this usage of "fit" is BrE.)

  2. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #3

    Re: They observed how the parts of the machine (were) fitted togehter.

    It's worth noting that one use of the verb 'fit' is transitive and the other isn't. The transitive meaning of fit means 'set up/install/deploy/assemble in such a way that the parts fit [no object] together' - the 'parts' are already the object of the trransitive sort of 'fit'.

    b
    Last edited by BobK; 05-Feb-2010 at 00:12. Reason: Fix typo

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2009
    • Posts: 188
    #4

    Re: They observed how the parts of the machine (were) fitted togehter.

    Thank you, I've got it.

  3. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #5

    Re: They observed how the parts of the machine (were) fitted togehter.

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    Thank you, I've got it.
    - I've no idea how you managed, with the mess I made of 'transitive'.

    b

Similar Threads

  1. Classic fitted, slim fitted and fitted
    By Deepurple in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 18-Nov-2009, 05:38
  2. Long life and low wear on machine parts
    By thedaffodils in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-Dec-2008, 00:40

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •