We welcome you to our house/school

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Here are two sentences with similar structure:
We welcome you to our house/school.
We'd like to welcome you to our house/school.

How do you interpret them?
Are they used to express an invitation, "we hope you can come to our house/school some day"? (implying you are not at our hosue/school currently)

Or are they used as a greeting, "we are so happy that you are here (at our house/school)? (implying you are already at our house/school right now)

Thank you!
  • Egmont

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    English - U.S.
    Normally, I interpret both of them as a greeting. The second one could be used as an invitation. In that case, the context should make that meaning clear. If I host a visitor from India or Australia at my home, and he says "My wife [who is not with him] and I would like to welcome you to our house," he means it as an invitation.
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