Be welcome, friend!


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Can I say "be welcome, friend", using the Imperative Mood, to someone? Does it have the same meaning as "welcome, friend"? Is it wrong at all, or just unusual?

I could not find any reliable reference.

Thank you.
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It sounds like an innkeeper from the 17th century. It's not something anyone would say in the 21st century. I don't think people would have said it in the 20th century, either. You can say it if you want to sound dramatic and Shakespearian, but be aware that it is not a standard phrasing.
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