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    #1

    welcome somebody to do something

    In the sentence below, the author uses the construction of 'welcome and encourage sb to do sth'. We cannot use 'welcome sb to do sth' independently, can we?

    As always, I welcome and encourage teachers and students to contact me with feedback, not only on their likes and dislikes but suggestions on how the book can be improved as well as where errors and misprints occur.

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    #2

    Re: welcome sb to do sth

    This usage is fine. "Welcome" can function as a verb (as is the case here), a noun - "I received a warm welcome", an adjective - "You are welcome", or an interjection - "Welcome!" - such as when you open your door to see friends standing outside.

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    #3

    Re: welcome sb to do sth

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    This usage is fine.
    Piscean thought otherwise at https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1264481
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: welcome sb to do sth

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    I don't understand the objection. It seems to be based on "usage", and I think this is common usage. It is familiar to me.

    Piscean's post doesn't make grammatical arguments (which might give me pause), and the OP usage in this thread would seem to be a grammatically-correct ditransitive form. Then again, grammar isn't my specialty.

    If I understand correctly, Piscean's English is UK-based, while mine is a crazy mixture of UK-Oz-US. Quite frankly, I get conflicted whether to use an "s" or a "z" sometimes. But the OP sentence feels right to me; even if I might write it a different way.

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    #5

    Re: welcome sb to do sth

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...me_1?q=welcome
    Which definition above fits the OP's sentence?
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    #6

    Re: welcome sb to do sth

    This sentence is taken from INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE MATHEMATICS 3rd edition, by Nigel Buckle, Iain Dunbar, IBID Press, 2005.

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    #7

    Re: welcome sb to do sth

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...me_1?q=welcome
    Which definition above fits the OP's sentence?
    First, I said the argument was a matter of usage; there wasn't a grammatical objection given in your first reference.

    Second...

    3 (ii) I warmly welcome this decision.

    This can be extended to reveal the same pattern"

    "I warmly welcome this decision to widen the street in front of the school.


    If this still seems odd to you, then view it this way:
    OP: "...I welcome and encourage teachers and students to contact me with feedback..."
    Reporting on this the next day: "To get more feedback, the speaker welcomed and encouraged the teachers and students."

    I don't see anything wrong with this.

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    #8

    Re: welcome sb to do sth

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    I warmly welcome this decision.

    This can be extended to reveal the same pattern"

    "I warmly welcome this decision to widen the street in front of the school.
    This is not the same pattern as 'welcome somebody to do something'.

    OP: "...I welcome and encourage teachers and students to contact me with feedback..."
    Reporting on this the next day: "To get more feedback, the speaker welcomed and encouraged the teachers and students."

    I don't see anything wrong with this.
    Well, in your reported version you have omitted the 'to contact me with feedback'. That was what the original question was about.

    I don't find the original sentence particularly natural. If the welcome carries over to the contact, then I would say Teachers and students are welcome, indeed encouraged, to contact me with feedback.

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    #9

    Re: welcome sb to do sth

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    "I warmly welcome this decision to widen the street ...
    In the above, the decision to widen the street has been made, which makes sense.
    In the following, teachers and students to contact the writer have been made, which makes no sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I welcome and encourage teachers and students to contact me ...
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: welcome sb to do sth

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't find the original sentence particularly natural. If the welcome carries over to the contact, then I would say Teachers and students are welcome, indeed encouraged, to contact me with feedback.
    The sentence begins I welcome and encourage teachers and students to contact me with feedback....​ This sounds natural to my AmE ears. Perhaps it's only an AmE usage.
    I am not a teacher.

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