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    What's wrong with "Welcome Mr... to ... University"

    There is a sign, and it reads:"Warmly Welcome Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, to Zhejiang University"
    Our foreign teacher said it should be "Zhejiang University warmly welcomes Mr. Kofi Annan, ..."
    But I looked up this word "welcome" in Merriam-Webster dictionary (an electronic one), and I found this example:"She welcomed the students into her home." and the example "We welcome you to the show."
    I think the structures of these sentences are the same: welcome SB. to SP.
    Why is the sentence I mentioned in the title wrong? Thanks!

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    Re: What's wrong with "Welcome Mr... to ... University"

    It's 'wrong' because the 'warmly' is dangling.

    But I don't like 'Zheijiang University welcomes...' anyway, as inanimate organizations don't do things. But I accept that it is a conventional usage, and wouldn't 'correct' your teacher.

    Personally, though, I'd just say 'A warm welcome to ...', with no verb.

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    Re: What's wrong with "Welcome Mr... to ... University"

    It's 'wrong' because the 'warmly' is dangling.
    Please explain it more?
    In the sentence "Warmly" is an adverb, "Welcome" has to be a verb, imperative. To me it looks like an instruction but can't figure out why it is wrong.
    I learn something almost every day on this site.

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    Re: What's wrong with "Welcome Mr... to ... University"

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    "Welcome" has to be a verb, imperative. To me it looks like an instruction but can't figure out why it is wrong.
    If it were a verb, it would not be followed by 'to'. In any case, the sign is meant to be saying that the visitor is welcome, not that everybody must welcome him.

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    Re: What's wrong with "Welcome Mr... to ... University"

    If you add the word "We" at the start (and then don't capitalise "warmly" or "welcome"), it makes more sense.

    I prefer "XXX University welcomes Kofi Annan ...". Whilst I agree that a university can't physically welcome anything, it really means that all the people at the university welcome him.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: What's wrong with "Welcome Mr... to ... University"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's 'wrong' because the 'warmly' is dangling.

    But I don't like 'Zheijiang University welcomes...' anyway, as inanimate organizations don't do things. But I accept that it is a conventional usage, and wouldn't 'correct' your teacher.

    Personally, though, I'd just say 'A warm welcome to ...', with no verb.

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    If I use "A warm welcome to **university", where should I put "Kofi Annan"?

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    Re: What's wrong with "Welcome Mr... to ... University"

    "A warm welcome to **university, Kofi Annan"

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    Re: What's wrong with "Welcome Mr... to ... University"

    It is wrong because you want an interjection "Welcome!" and not an imperative, which makes the message appear to be an order from the Communist Party to the unwilling student body.

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    Re: What's wrong with "Welcome Mr... to ... University"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If it were a verb, it would not be followed by 'to'. In any case, the sign is meant to be saying that the visitor is welcome, not that everybody must welcome him.
    But I looked up "welcome" in Merriam-Webster dictionary (on line), and I found these examples:
    1."She welcomed the students into her home."
    2. "We welcome you to the show."
    Here, I think "welcome" is a verb, and it's followed by "to"

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    Re: What's wrong with "Welcome Mr... to ... University"

    Quote Originally Posted by registered View Post
    But I looked up "welcome" in Merriam-Webster dictionary (on line), and I found these examples:
    1."She welcomed the students into her home."
    2. "We welcome you to the show."
    Here, I think "welcome" is a verb, and it's followed by "to"
    'Welcome is not followed by 'to' It is followed by a direct object noun or pronoun.

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