Can I use the word fit like this:
- 'Pick an envelope that fits everything' as in Pick an envelope that is suitable in size and shape for all the papers you have to put in there
- 'The tires won't fit my rims' as in The tires are too small/big/wide/narrow for my rims
- 'Do you think the trunk fits all our luggage?' as in Do you think the trunk is big enough for all our luggage?
- 'My car won't fit the space' as in My car is too big for that small parking space.
I caused quite some drama in a forum. For instance, someone said this:
I couldn't either, because subject-verb-object standard English word order causes that to be understood as "could one trunk be squeezed into all the different pieces of luggage.?" :confused:
To fit is either intransitive - My car fits into the space; or transitive - My car fits the space.
My car fits into the space - This has a nuance of motion -> my car will go into the space. My car fits the space. - This has the nuance of "the space is a suitable size for my car."
"The jeans won't fit you." could be interpreted as ... To fit does not mean "They won't look good on you." To fit does not mean "You won't fit into them"
To fit does mean "They are too large/small."
To fit -> to be a suitable size.
Pick an envelope which fits everything." is non standard, reversal of usual direction.
If one is buying a tire, and tries it out, one might find, "This tire does not fit my rims" just as "This hat does not fit my head." This is what I call reverse direction, which applies to some contexts.
See definitions 10 and 14 at W-R online, first and second, below: to be of the right size or shape for:The dress fitted her perfectly. to put with precise placement or adjustment:He fitted the picture into the frame. Note the variant of 1. She fitted herself into the dress with great difficulty. Second sense, above.
These answers contradict themselves. But if 'fit' means 'suitable' my example sentences are acceptable to say.