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    What does this sentence mean?

    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?


    I err in good company.


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    To err is to make a mistake.

    It would be useful to know the exact context so I'm guessing the sentence is somewhat ironical even a touch sarcastic perhaps.

    It's saying, 'OK I've made a mistake, but there are others who should know better that have also made the same mistake'.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Thanks a lot, how to understand the "good company" here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Thanks a lot, how to understand the "good company" here?
    Hi,

    'Good company' simply means the set of people who are expected to know what the right decision should be.

    The phrase is saying that although I've erred (or made a a mistake), so too have all the others who should have known better, i.e. the 'good company'.

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    For example, you miss a question on an exam, but then you find out that the smartest kid in the class missed it too. Oh well, you think, at least I'm in good company.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Thanks you two a lot, but basically, the sentence in itself doesn't make too much sense, it seems to have another sentence to follow it, right?

    If I say this sentence when I heard, for example, the scandal of Tiger Woods, does it make sense to you?


    --Did you know the scandal about Tiger Woods?

    --Sure, but what I want to say is "He erred in good company"?

    I guess it doesn't make sense at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Thanks you two a lot, but basically, the sentence in itself doesn't make too much sense, it seems to have another sentence to follow it, right? Not necessarily. The speaker may assume that the listener knows who is referred to by the 'good company'.
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    --Did you know the scandal about Tiger Woods?
    --Sure, but what I want to say is "He erred in good company"?

    I guess it doesn't make sense at all.
    It makes sense if we know that other top golfers had the same hobby.

    Incidentally, the question sounds a little unnatural. It might sound better as: Did you hear about the Tiger Woods scandal?

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Dear Five,

    Thanks a lot, always, for coming here.

    I still feel confused, because I usually use company to mean firm.

    Last requirement, can you make a context according to your understanding of this sentence "I err in good company"?

    Sorry to bother

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I still feel confused, because I usually use company to mean firm.
    The word can be used in several ways. See: company - definition of company by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    Last requirement request, can you make a context according to your understanding of this sentence "I err in good company"?

    No. Any example I invent runs the risk of being unnatural. You'll find 160 sentences containing 'in good company' here: Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Dear Five,

    Thanks a lot, always, for coming here.

    I still feel confused, because I usually use company to mean firm.

    Last requirement, can you make a context according to your understanding of this sentence "I err in good company"?

    Sorry to bother
    Hi,

    In that case you are wrong to assume 'company' only (or even usually) means a firm. It also means the physical set of people around you, as well as people in the abstract.

    As for your last request I can't see what more can be added to the explanations and examples given earlier by fivejedjon and Barb, and others?

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