people say you should keep the company of good people

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tufguy

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hindi
I would like to know about the usage of the word "company"(friends). For example "Tom doesn't keep the company of good people (means he has befriended bad guys) or "people say you should keep the company of good people".
 
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    Not keeping the company of good people does not mean befriending bad guys. It's a bit more like failing to befriend good people.
    It's about choosing who you "hang out with", about making connections that can be useful in the future.

    People sometimes say that it isn't what you know, but who you know, that will help you reach your goals in life.
     

    cubaMania

    Senior Member
    At least in American English, "keep the company of" sounds strange. Normally we say "keep company with", as in the following:
    keep company
    (with someone)
    1. Lit. to spend much time with someone; to associate with or consort with someone.
    Bill has been keeping company with Ann for three months. Bob has been keeping company with a tough-looking bunch of boys.
    keep company

    But of course Indian English is sometimes different from American English.
     

    tufguy

    Senior Member
    hindi
    At least in American English, "keep the company of" sounds strange. Normally we say "keep company with", as in the following:

    keep company

    But of course Indian English is sometimes different from American English.
    "What kinds of people do you keep the company with"? Have I used company correctly here?
     
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