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Is it ok to use "fit" in meaning of "matched" about couple / partner?

For example: I think that they fit (=they match).

In addition, in the same topic, is it correct to use these verbs (fit and match) as intransitive verbs? and then I should not add something after the verb, such as: they fit each other etc.

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    In what context? If you're talking about how well they seem matched as a couple (similar interests, happy together, etc.) then you could use "fit" and almost certainly be understood, but it would sound odd. It's not an expression most native speakers would use. "They are well-matched / well-suited" is much more common. The word "fit" when used about living creatures much more often refers to physical condition than social/relational condition,
    – MMacD
    Apr 2, 2017 at 10:58
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    Apropos intransitivity, match, by its nature ("match what?") is always transitive, even though the "what" may be implicit: "Yes, your shirt and tie match [one another]. In contexts where fit refers to suitability, the "what" is also often, even usually, implicit: "that nut won't fit [that bolt], it's metric".
    – MMacD
    Apr 2, 2017 at 11:08
  • Is the focus of your question the transitivity of the verb, or whether the word fit is typically used to describe a couple's compatibility?
    – TimR
    Apr 2, 2017 at 12:08
  • Both. But first of all about the using of "fit". Apr 2, 2017 at 14:12
  • Intransitive fit in the sense of match, go together well is just about credible, but idiomatically it's not very common. For your specific context nearly all native speakers would more likely say I think they are a good fit (assuming the word fit must be included; overall, I think they are a good match is probably more common). Apr 2, 2017 at 15:20

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Very nice question.

Usage of fit for couples/partners

Personally, I would use other words or phrases to describe a couple who seem to be made for each other. One of which would be the phrase I used right there in the preceding sentence:

I think they are made for each other.

Other than that, I might probably look at describing what it is that makes me think they are well-matched:

I think they share a lot of interests.

I think they complement each other. (e.g. they have opposite traits and they seem like these traits will bring out the best of both)

I think they are on the same wavelength. (e.g. they have the same form of black humour)

Why not fit?

I've seen fit used in the context of best fit when it comes to recruitment. And in those scenarios, it is often the case that there is a list of job requirements on the one hand, and a list of candidate who satisfy one or more of those job requirements - the one who satisfies the most is said to have the best fit.

I would shy away from using fit to describe relationships because it implies that someone has a similar list of requirements that the partners are being assessed against, and to me, such a connotation seems... cold.

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  • 1+^ Thank you for your answer. For me it's important to talk about match, I can use synonyms for match but "I think they are made for each other" it's already far from the original meaning and it makes it with another meaning:) Apr 2, 2017 at 15:35
  • OK, if you're looking for something closer to match, then you might consider They are well-suited for each other.
    – Phylyp
    Apr 2, 2017 at 15:52
  • Thank you, I appreciate it, but it's a little bit long for my need. May be you have an example of intransitive verb? Apr 2, 2017 at 16:43
  • "They gel together" ?
    – Phylyp
    Apr 2, 2017 at 16:59
  • Will it work in such context (relationship)? oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/gel_2 Apr 2, 2017 at 17:02
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Many of the comments, as well as an answer given, seem to focus exclusively on fit used as a noun. However, the question is about the sentence

(I think that) they fit.

Fit is clearly a verb in that sentence, and while the use of fit on its own like that does seem a bit off to me, like to (semingly) most people, adding together somehow makes it sound much better.

ngram seems to agree that we fit together is more common than we are a match. We are a fit doesn't seem to be used at all. (I'm using we to exclude inanimate objects - thank you FumbleFingers )

So to answer the question:

Yes, you can use fit intransitively (although one could argue that the object (eachother) is implied).

Yes, it's a good idea to add something to it, and I propose together:

They fit together.

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