Could you please tell me if the following sentences are perfectly natural and mean the same?

We can deliver it in one go as the load fit the truck.

We can deliver it in one go as the load fit into the truck.

We can deliver it in one go as the load match the truck.

What I'm trying to say is that the truck has enough room to transport the load.

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Two choices are correct -- if you mean the past tense

✔️ The load fit the truck.

This works because "fit" is past tense. That means, "we tried it, and it worked".

"To fit" is a tricky verb because it has a past tense ("I fit. You fit. It fit") that can look very similar to present tense ("I fit. You fit. It fits.")

If you thought this was present tense, see below.

✔️ The load fit into the truck.

This means almost the same thing.

The difference is: you added "into". Most people already know that a load goes "into" a truck, so it works with or without this.

Nobody will be confused and wonder if you meant "it fit under" the truck. You can just say it "fit" the truck.

This one does not work:

☹️ The load match the truck.

This one is not correct. The present tense of "match" is "matches", and the past tense is "matched".

If you meant present tense

You might mean to say one of these:

✔️ The load fits into the truck.

✔️ The load matches the truck.

✔️ The load is smaller than the truck.

These are present tense. If you checked the load recently, and it did fit, and nothing has changed, then present tense makes sense.

What's the difference between past and present tense?

For a simple example like this, especially in conversation, present tense or past tense are both okay.

In more formal communication, it might be important to clarify when it was checked and whether it was still true. Suppose you work for NASA. Then there might be a big difference between these two sentences.

Cargo #123 was checked this morning and it is verified to fit into Shuttle Bay #A1.

Cargo #123 was checked four (4) years ago, and it was verified to fit into Shuttle Bay #A1.

Both of these sentences are grammatically correct, but the difference could lead to a big, billion-dollar mistake.

If it's a conversation between friends, and you're moving some furniture and boxes, the difference between past & present probably doesn't matter.

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    In British English the past tense of fit is fitted. Dec 13, 2021 at 13:38
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    Sometimes a load fits on a truck. For example, if you have a car transporter, you don't put cars into your truck but load them on your track.
    – gnasher729
    Dec 13, 2021 at 13:39

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