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今週の #WOTW は「suit」です。’Suit’ is a verb and a noun. We’ll have a look at the noun first, but keep on reading for the verb, one phrasal verb, and a couple of interesting idioms!
As a noun:
- I am required to wear a suit at work. (a jacket and trousers or skirt that are made of the same material)
- I forgot my swimming suit. Can I swim in my pants? (a set of clothes to be worn in particular situations or for particular activities)
- He brought a paternity suit against the King of Spain. (a problem presented in court by a particular person or organisation, not public office, in order to gain a legal decision on something)
- Hearts, clubs, diamonds, and spades are the four suits in a deck of cards. (the type of card in a set)
- Suits don’t really care about subordinates. (a person, in this case persons, in a position of power.)
Now, the verb:
- This weather doesn’t really suit me. (to be right for a particular person)
- I like your jacket. That colour really suits you. (of a colour or clothing item when it makes a person look more attractive)
- Sorry, 5 o’clock doesn’t suit me. How about 7? (to be convenient for someone)
A phrasal verb can be built with the preposition ‘up’, and it means to prepare to take part in something, usually a sport, by putting on a uniform.
- He quickly suited up and jumped onto the pitch when they told him they needed one more player.
Now, let’s have a look at a couple of idioms:
- [suit yourself!] I’m telling you it is not a good idea but, go on, suit yourself! (an expression to humorously of angrily say ‘do what you want’.)
- [suit somebody (right) down to the ground] Fruit for hiking suits me right down to the ground. (to suit perfectly, usually because of convenience)
発音は /suːt/ とか/sjuːt/です。音節は１つで、最後に「Ｏ」の音はありません。また来週！