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    they will suit artistic type of careers

    If your friends are kind and helpful, they will suit artistic type of careers(musician, dancer, designer, etc)
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    Can "fit" or "fit into" substitute "suit" here? If not, what is the difference between "fit" and "suit" in this case?

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    Re: they will suit artistic type of careers

    Are you suggesting there are no kind and helpful scientists, doctors, astronomers, bricklayers, dustmen etc?

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    Re: they will suit artistic type of careers

    This is just an example. I just want to know the difference between the two words.

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    #4

    Re: they will suit artistic type of careers

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    If your friends are kind and helpful, they will suit artistic type of careers (musician, dancer, designer).
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    Can "fit" or "fit into" substitute "suit" here? If not, what is the difference between "fit" and "suit" in this case?
    You just asked this.

    You still have suit backwards. Artistic careers will suit them.

    What does your dictionary say about the meanings of suit and fit?

    Other points:

    - Put a space before parenthetical phrases.

    - Don't use etc. unless you have to, and when you do, put a period on it - it's an abreviation.

    - Put a period (or question mark or exclamation point) at the end of sentences.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 26-Apr-2016 at 15:04.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: they will suit artistic type of careers

    You can also say They are (well) suited to artistic careers. Again, it's the career that suits the person, not the other way around.
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    #6

    Re: they will suit artistic type of careers

    As a verb, fit conveys the idea of occupying space:


    • These clothes don't fit me - they're too small.
    • A square peg doesn't fit into a round hole.
    • We can only fit five people in my car.

    As an adjective, fit can mean something like suitable. Are you confusing the verb meaning with the adjective meaning?

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    Re: they will suit artistic type of careers

    No, I was curious if suit and fit are interchangeable. Now it seems that suit can be used only for things, while fit for both people and things.

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    Re: they will suit artistic type of careers

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    No, I was curious if suit and fit are interchangeable. Now it seems that suit can be used only for things, while fit for both people and things.
    Things can suit people, and things can fit people.

    We say:

    - That color suits you. (NOT That color fits you.)
    - That job is a good fit for you. (NOT That job is a good suit for you.)
    - You are well suited for college. (NOT You are well fitted for college.)
    - At this school, you fit right in. (NOT At this school, you suit right in.)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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