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    feel at home vs make yourself at home

    I came across the following dialogue in a text-book written by a non-native speaker.

    Donna : Hi, Gale.
    Gale : Hi, Donna. Please, come in. Feel at home and enjoy yourself.
    Donna : Thanks, Gale

    I think the author meant to say "make yourself at home."

    I looked up the two expressions and I found this.

    Feel at home

    to feel as if one belongs; to feel as if one were in one's home; to feel accepted.

    I liked my dormitory room. I really felt at home there. We will do whatever we can to make you feel at home.


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    Make yourself at home.
    Fig. Please make yourself comfortable in my home. (Also a signal that a guest can be less formal.)
    Andy: Please come in and make yourself at home. Sue: Thank you. I'd like to. Bill: I hope I'm not too early. Bob: Not at all. Come in and make yourself at home. I've got a few little things to do. Bill: Nice place you've got here.


    So am I right to assume that the author made a mistake or not?

    Thank you for taking your time to read my post.

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    Re: feel at home vs make yourself at home

    'Make yourself at home' is more natural.

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    #3

    Re: feel at home vs make yourself at home

    I think the author meant to say "make yourself at home."

    So am I right to assume that the author made a mistake or not?


    "
    Make yourself at home" is certainly more natural for that dialogue. Yes, I'd call it a usage mistake.

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    Re: feel at home vs make yourself at home

    The author's mistake was to use feel in the imperative. We just don't use it that way when asking someone to make themselves at home.
    I am not a teacher.

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