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    it's a perfect fit or it's the perfect fit

    If a person trying on a suit and it fits perfectly, can I say it's a perfect or the perfect fit?

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    Re: it's a perfect fit or it's the perfect fit

    Both are possible, with effectively the same meaning.

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    Re: it's a perfect fit or it's the perfect fit

    *Not a teacher.

    it's the perfect fit = This one suits me perfectly. I will stop looking for another suit, this is the one.

    it's a perfect fit = This one suits me perfectly, but I would like to see some more.

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    Re: it's a perfect fit or it's the perfect fit

    I am not a teacher.

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that "the perfect fit" sounds odd whatever the context. I think you want "a perfect fit". Your new suit is a perfect fit.

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    Re: it's a perfect fit or it's the perfect fit

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    it's the perfect fit = This one suits me perfectly. I will stop looking for another suit, this is the one.

    it's a perfect fit = This one suits me perfectly, but I would like to see some more.
    I agree that this is what the words appear to mean, but I think the two expressions are frequently used with the same meaning today - it fits me perfectly.

    By the way, if it fits me, it is the right size; if it suits me, it looks right on me, it goes with my physical appearance.

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    Re: it's a perfect fit or it's the perfect fit

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that "the perfect fit" sounds odd whatever the context. I think you want "a perfect fit". Your new suit is a perfect fit.
    Your limb appears a wise place to be. The more I think about it, the less natural 'the perfect fit' sounds to me.

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