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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    I stand corrected

    Hi,
    What does it mean actually?

    Does it mean

    a. If someone says he stands corrected, meaning he insists that he is right ?

    or

    b. that he has been mistaken and admitted to it?

    Please explain, thanks.

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    #2

    Re: I stand corrected

    b is the answer you are looking for.

    'stand corrected' it is an English idiom, which means that someone was wrong and admits to it.

    Please note that I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: I stand corrected

    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    b is the answer you are looking for.

    'stand corrected' it is an English idiom, which means that someone was wrong and admits to it.

    ...
    There is another expression that uses 'stand' for meaning (a): 'Whatever you say, I stand by what I've already said.'


    b

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    #4

    Re: I stand corrected

    Hi,

    Is "I sit corrected" a jocular variant of this idiom?

    It is yesterday that I came across "I sit corrected" on a newsgroup thread. I've learned the idiom "I stand corrected" before. I take it that the poster was actually sitting in front of the computer at the moment of typing, so s/he used "sit" instead of "stand."

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    Re: I stand corrected

    Just like in 'I stand by my statement' ' the word 'stand' is intended to convey firmness

    In the former case it is the conviction that what I said is right

    In the latter case it is the conviction that I agree with the correction and accept it

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    #6

    Re: I stand corrected

    And yes, 'I sit corrected' is jocular, and quite common.

    b

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