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    English Grammer

    Which is preferred:

    'All are welcome' or 'All are welcomed'.

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    Re: English Grammer

    Without context, I would say the first.

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    Re: English Grammer

    Both are correct but personally I prefer 'all are welcome'.

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    Re: English Grammer

    Both can indeed be correct, but it's not really a matter of preference:

    All are welcome = the hosts don't mind who comes
    All are welcomed = the hosts (or someone acting for them) greet everyone individually as they come in

    As Anglika says, it's all a matter of context; and the first form is right for the most common context.

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    Re: English Grammer

    "...but it's not really a matter of preference" (Bobk)


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    Re: English Grammer

    Also, "all are welcome" can be what the hosts say, e.g.

    1. "All are welcome," said Lady Skimmington. "We don't mind who comes."

    While "all are welcomed" describes the welcoming, e.g.

    2. The guests begin to arrive. All are welcomed personally by Lord and Lady Skimmington.

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    Re: English Grammer

    In other words the second is passive since welcomed is past participle and the agent clearly follows by . The first one looks as if it is passive but it isn't so no agent is necessary. It is only another way of saying "we don't mind who comes" for reasons of emphasis.
    Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 25-Feb-2007 at 23:50.

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    Re: English Grammer

    Thanks for the explanation.

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