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Fit, fat or fitted

 
 
Reply Wed 13 Apr, 2005 03:04 am
This issue has arisen again.

If I was to sayin the present tense, 'My clothes fit in my suitcase'
Then in the past tense 'My clothes (fit, fat, fitted) in my suitcase'

Which word would I use...or is there another one I have not come across yet?

Please get back ASAP

Thanks
Crazynutt
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material girl
 
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Reply Wed 13 Apr, 2005 05:31 am
Fitted
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flyboy804
 
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Reply Wed 13 Apr, 2005 07:20 am
"Fit" and "fitted" are both proper past tenses for the verb "fit". "Fitted" is the only proper form when referring to making adujustments as in "fitted a suit".
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Wed 13 Apr, 2005 08:17 am
My clothes did fit in the suitcase
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Piffka
 
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Reply Wed 13 Apr, 2005 08:24 am
Where are you going? Anyplace nice?
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Crazynutt
 
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Reply Wed 13 Apr, 2005 11:41 pm
I'm still a little confused. Different people have said different things...

I'm not going anywhere. This arguement keeps coming up in our family. That was just the example I came up with...I wish I was going somewhere...

Crazynutt
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syntinen
 
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Reply Thu 14 Apr, 2005 01:08 am
The verb "to fit" can be used with a direct object (e.g. to fit a new gearbox in a car) or without (e.g. to fit in a suitcase).

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"Fit" and "fitted" are both proper past tenses for the verb "fit".

In American English perhaps but not in British English, where "fitted" is the only correct past form, whether or not the verb has a direct object. Thus -
"I fitted a new gearbox"
"My clothes fitted in my suitcase".

"Did fit" is grammatically correct, but it is emphatic. You would only use it if there had previously been some doubt, e.g. -

"I had feared that I had too many clothes for my suitcase but they did fit".
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Piffka
 
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Reply Thu 14 Apr, 2005 08:32 am
Crazynutt wrote:
I'm still a little confused. Different people have said different things...

I'm not going anywhere. This arguement keeps coming up in our family. That was just the example I came up with...I wish I was going somewhere...

Crazynutt


Well. you're in Australia. I've always wanted to go there.

My choice would be "My clothes fit in my suitcase," but I am just an American. Fitted sounds silly to me. <sorry> If you turned it around and said the opposite:

My clothes never fit in my suitcase.... it seems better <again, as a stinkin' American> than "my clothes never fitted in my suitcase."
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Piffka
 
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Reply Thu 14 Apr, 2005 08:33 am
PS -- Sounds like an interesting family. Very Happy
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Crazynutt
 
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Reply Mon 25 Apr, 2005 08:56 pm
Yeah, it is an interesting family...And just as Piffka said "Fitted sounds silly to me"...

So, obviously, in different countries you say different things, and they are all accepted...But does any one know-if I was living in Australia-what I would say?

Thanks
Crazynutt
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Crazynutt
 
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Reply Mon 25 Apr, 2005 08:56 pm
Yeah, it is an interesting family...And just as Piffka said "Fitted sounds silly to me"...

So, obviously, in different countries you say different things, and they are all accepted...But does any one know-if I was living in Australia-what I would say?

Thanks
Crazynutt
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