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    What does this sentence mean?

    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?


    His lawyer persuaded Jack to plead guilty, but the court merely put him on probation; all's well that ends well .


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?


    His lawyer persuaded Jack to plead guilty, but the court merely put him on probation; all's well that ends well .


    Thanks a lot
    Have a look at this link:
    All's well that ends well

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Thanks a lot, but does the term make sense in the original sentence?

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Thanks a lot, but does the term make sense in the original sentence?
    Well, I suppose he could have been sent to prison but the court put him on probation instead. That could be seen as all ending well, don't you think?

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Well, I suppose he could have been sent to prison but the court put him on probation instead. That could be seen as all ending well, don't you think?
    Except for the victim, maybe!

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Thanks a lot, my friends.

    But the sentence is really beyond my comprehension, I looked up the term created by W.Shakespeare, and also I got some sentences talking about the term, but this one is really an ambugious one.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    If a situation that could have ended badly ends comparatively well, then all's well that ends well. Bhaisahab explained how this could be applied to your original situation. What do you find ambiguous?

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    According to the definition, the definition of this famous saying is:

    An event that has a good ending is good even if some things went wrong along the way.

    If the definition is correct, let us look at the original sentence provided by dictionary.reference.com

    His lawyer persuaded Jack to plead guilty, but the court merely put him on probation; all's well that ends well

    I don't know what "his" means in the sentence, does it mean "Jack's lawyer"?
    Does "end's well" mean "He merely was put on probation" while "all's well" mean "His lawyer persuaded Jack to plead guilty."?

    I feel confusing, sorry.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    According to the definition, the definition of this famous saying is:

    An event that has a good ending is good even if some things went wrong along the way.

    If the definition is correct, let us look at the original sentence provided by dictionary.reference.com

    His lawyer persuaded Jack to plead guilty, but the court merely put him on probation; all's well that ends well

    I don't know what "his" means in the sentence, does it mean "Jack's lawyer"?
    Yes.

    Does "end's well" mean "He merely was put on probation" while "all's well" mean "His lawyer persuaded Jack to plead guilty."?

    I feel confusing, sorry.
    No, you feel confused.
    I think you're trying to read too much into that saying.
    Did everything end well? Yes. Fine, then all's well!
    Everything's OK; it's all Hunky Dory; it's sweet; she's apples; No problemo.
    If it end's well, you don't have to pick over the event to see what "all's well" refers to. That is exactly what the saying means. It means "all, everything, things in general".

    Note that you don't have to agree that "all's well simply because it ends well" to understand the phrase.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Thanks a lot, I guess I understand the phrase, but I don't know how to understand the sentence, to see the relation between plead guilty and put on probation. Can you tell me more?

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