A student presented me this quiz question
I am no longer satisfied with my job, and I would really like to find something more ______
A) attracting C) suited
B) exhausting D) challenging
Her answer was C) but the correct answer is D) for (so I rationalised) two reasons.
Firstly, the meaning of challenging fits better in the example sentence. The speaker seems to be bored and wants to find something more exciting and demanding to do. A job that will put his or her talents to the test. Moreover, a person can be suited to a job and still be unsatisfied. The second reason is that the adjective in C) should be changed to "suitable".
But I would like to know why suited would be grammatically wrong.
I believe that a job can be ‘suited to someone’ and ‘suitable for someone’. I don't see any significant difference in meaning between the two; however, saying
- “He'd like to find something more suited”
sounds wrong compared to
- “He's like to find something more suitable.”
but I can't explain why.
As you can see below, both forms can take the comparative, yet I am certain that C) is also grammatically incorrect. But I can't explain why.
Oxford Dictionaries say
1. [predicative] Right or appropriate for a particular person, purpose, or situation.
‘the task is ideally suited to a computer’
‘the job is well suited to your abilities and experience’
‘Howard is naturally more suited than Latham to the debate format.’
Right or appropriate for a particular person, purpose, or situation.
‘these toys are not suitable for children under five’
‘From this she can assess which skin areas to focus on and also whether the treatment is suitable.’
‘After all, what's more suitable than a nice pair of trainers to help you keep on running?’