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    #1

    Welcome to or in?

    Hi. Which preposition to put here? "The president welcomed the high-ranked guests in or to our country."

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    #2

    Re: Welcome to or in?

    You've been here a while now, Mher.

    Which one do you think?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: Welcome to or in?

    Nice approach. I think the "in" is the correct choice.

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    #4

    Re: Welcome to or in?

    The preposition used after "visitor" is "to", so I think "to" is the correct one.
    Not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mher View Post
    high-ranked guests
    Is it better to say "honoured guests"?

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    #5

    Re: Welcome to or in?

    Matthew is right.

    We welcome people "to" a place, even when the prepositon for that place would be different for "I am..." (I am in your home, I am at the airport, I am on Easter Island.)
    Welcome to our home, welcome to Pennsylvania, welcome to the Philadelphia International Airport, welcome to Easter Island.

    I also agree that "high-ranked guests" is not a great pairing. Welcome the hono(u)red guests, or the VIPs.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: Welcome to or in?

    The "high-ranked" officials may imply a president, a prime minister etc.. I do not think the word "honored" connotes that idea. Does it really sound strange to you?

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    #7

    Re: Welcome to or in?

    It sounds strange to me. I like 'highly-ranked' or 'high-ranking' better, but best of all I like VIPs ​(very important people).

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    #8

    Re: Welcome to or in?

    I thought about "highly ranking" too, as well as "high-ranking guests," but thinking further, that doesn't suggest the president, which would be the most highly ranked.
    Hmm. You can always go with "dignitaries" if VIPs is too informal.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 17-Jun-2014 at 14:10.
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    #9

    Re: Welcome to or in?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "dignititaries"
    Do you mean "dignitaries"?

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    #10

    Re: Welcome to or in?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    that doesn't suggest the president, which would be the most highly ranked.
    Not everywhere, I'm afraid. In Spain (as in all other monarchies), the President/Prime Minister is not the most highly ranked official. That would be the King/Queen.
    Last edited by charliedeut; 17-Jun-2014 at 15:27. Reason: added brackets
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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