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    match and go with

    Dear teachers,
    I get confused by 'match' and 'go with'. Please read the following two sentences:

    1.Do you think these two colours match?
    Can I say 'Do you think these two colours go with each other'?
    2. Does this shirt match these trousers?
    Can I say "Does this shirt go with these trousers"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


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    Re: match and go with

    If you are trying to 'match' two colours, you are trying to find a colour that is identical in shade to another.

    When one is trying to find a pair of trousers to go with a shirt, one might have a blue shirt with grey trousers - they would go together. However, a green shirt with blue trousers would clash. Choosing items of clothing which go together is really a matter of choice and one's own taste - which others may not agree with!
    But if a woman was trying to find a matching silk blouse and woolen skirt, she would be trying to find a skirt and blouse of exactly the same shade of blue, or green or whatever.

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    Re: match and go with

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    Dear David L,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. If I am right do you mean the grammar is correct whether to use 'match' or 'go with' the difficult thing is to choose the colours that are to one's taste? In other words in my examples 'match' and 'go with' are interchangeable if we don't take the colours into consideration (I am afraid I don't know how to express my opinion in English).

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    If you are trying to 'match' two colours, you are trying to find a colour that is identical in shade to another.

    When one is trying to find a pair of trousers to go with a shirt, one might have a blue shirt with grey trousers - they would go together. However, a green shirt with blue trousers would clash. Choosing items of clothing which go together is really a matter of choice and one's own taste - which others may not agree with!
    But if a woman was trying to find a matching silk blouse and woolen skirt, she would be trying to find a skirt and blouse of exactly the same shade of blue, or green or whatever.

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