Two's company; three's a crowd

I have checked here

"(Often implies that you want to be alone with the person because you are romantically interested in him or her.)"

My question: Could you say that to elderly people? Is it polite?

Excuse me, but this question really appears from me as a non-native speaker, thank you.

  • It's not polite to say it to anyone. It would be better to say something like, "Would you mind giving X & me some time (to be) alone?" or "We would like some time just to be together." – TrevorD Aug 12 '13 at 23:04

Andy Warhol said, “one's company, two's a crowd, and three's a party.” He is playing with convention here. It is meant to be metaphorical of Andy's social outlook.

To answer your question, it is considered impolite to say "three's a crowd" when in a group of three. You may be telling someone to go away; however, as Andy shows us, it all has to do with social context.


This is a proverb, a saying which expresses a general truth. It is not at all impolite, rude, or obscene when used to express a general truth. However, you make it impolite when you use it as a sort of weapon in conversation, a way of suggesting that someone else is in the way and ought to leave.

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