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    welcome someone to do something?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by ohmyrichard, May 31, 2011.

    Hi, everyone.

    Please help me with the usage of "welcome". In a conference situation, can we say "Let's welcome someone to deliver his or her speech on a certain issue"? That is, can we use the structure of "welcome someone to do something"? A google search result tells me this structure does exist but it is rarely used by English speakers. However, in my two physical dictionaries there is no listing of this structure.

    If you native speakers of English do not use this structure in introducing a speaker at a conference and inviting him or her to give their talk on something, then what would you say instead?

    Thanks.

    Richard
     
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    'Invite' is a simple alternative to welcoming someone up. So if someone is speaking at a conference they might say, 'So now we would like to invite *insert name* to just come up and say a few words'.
     
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    Thanks for your suggestion of using "invite" instead.
    Richard
     
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    To accompany LaGs's contribution, there's also, "... would ask _____ to join us ..." or something along those lines.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    "Let's give a warm welcome to Dr X who is going to give us a fascinating talk on blah, blah, blah."

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    I think using 'invite' or 'would ask' like the others said would work. Perhaps something like, 'your opinions are welcome' could work too?
     
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    Thank you all for helping me with this problem.
     
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