Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

suit yourself

suit yourself
Meaning(s)
1) have something the way you want or like it
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    • fine, suit yourself, then
  • Analysis
    When you say 'suit yourself' it is usually used as a response to someone who has different ideas or desires than you do. This expression is essentially another way of saying 'do whatever you like,' but its meaning changes depending on tone. If it is said with a neutral or friendly tone, you are telling somebody to do what is most convenient for them. However, if your tone is irritable or sarcastic, you are making it clear that what is most convenient for them runs contrary to your own desires or beliefs. It can be used in either a social or professional context.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Person A: "Sorry, but I really don't feel like going to see that movie tonight." Person B: "Fine, suit yourself. I'll just go on my own, then."
    2. Person A: "Can I give you a lift? I think it's about to rain." Person B: "No thanks, I prefer to walk." Person A: "Suit yourself, then, but don't say I didn't warn you!"
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I'd prefer you to follow the guidelines I've laid out when you write your article, but you can tweak them to suit yourself if you like.
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