The meaning of suitable and suited.


I think that "suitable" and "suited" have some different meaning but most native English speakers just told me that "suitable for" and "suited to" are right, but we can see "suitable to" and suited for" as well, especially in dictionaries.  I think the meaning of "suitable" is related to "ability" because of the meaning of"-able", so I think there is some nuance between them and "for" and "to" can be followed to both "suitable and suited". What do you experts think? Thank you so much.

edited Sep 12 '12 at 12:03 Hans Contributor

Hello Mr. Kwang, I don't understand why you don't vote when your questions are answered.

sanjaySep 12 '12 at 18:22

I was waiting and thinking. From now on, I will keep it in mind.

HansSep 13 '12 at 02:29

Thank you very much, Mr. Kwang. I told you because they are all volunteers who are constantly guiding us to improve our language.

sanjaySep 13 '12 at 03:41

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Suited and suitable have identical meaning, but are different parts of speech. Suited is an adjective. Suitable is an adverb.


In "the task is suited to a computer", the adjective phrase "suited to a computer" modifies the subject noun "task." But in "the task is suitable for a computer". the adverbial phrase "suitable for a computer" modifies the verb "is." At their basic level, the meanings of the two sentences are identical.


The choice of "to" or "for" is not determined by either suited or suitable alone. The choice of prepositions is determined mainly by the subject of the adverb/adjective phrase and its relationship to the word the phrase modifies.


Edit: Me cannot think without my coffee. Tolley is right. Both are adjectives. They have the same meaning.


I hope this helps.

link comment edited Sep 12 '12 at 17:05 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

I disagree. As far as I can tell, suited is a predicative adjective, whereas suitable is an attributive adjective.

link comment answered May 16 '16 at 21:28 Alejandra Romo New member

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