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    barest of welcomes

    Hi all,

    I come across this sentence


    it was the barest of welcomes, but it was a welcome nonetheless


    What is the meaning of the barest of welcomes ?

    why not the barest welcomes ?

    why the author add '' of '' between barest ( adjective ) and welcomes ( noun ) ?

    Many thanks

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    Re: barest of welcomes

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Hi all,

    I come across this sentence


    it was the barest of welcomes, but it was a welcome nonetheless


    What is the meaning of the barest of welcomes ?

    why not the barest welcomes ?

    why the author add '' of '' between barest ( adjective ) and welcomes ( noun ) ?

    Many thanks
    It means "barely a welcome".
    Mary: John, this is my friend Peter. He's staying for dinner.
    John: Oh, hi. (John walks into his bedroom)
    That is a welcome, but just barely. Of all possible welcomes, this is the barest. It is the "barest welcome" or "the barest of all possible welcomes", or "the barest of welcomes".

    Similarly, "I told her a joke to try and cheer her up, but she only gave the barest of smiles."

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