# welcome to my home

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#### longxianchen

##### Senior Member
Hi,
Here is an exercise:

Welcome to my ___.
A. family B. home.

I feel both A and B are right. And even house is possible. But the given answer is only B.

Could you please tell me why?

• #### Myridon

##### Senior Member
Both are good sentences. A) is what you say to a child you have just adopted or someone who has just married one of your children. B) is what you say who comes to your home.
Can you see why the exercise picked B?

#### dojibear

##### Senior Member
"Welcome to my family" does not mean "Hello. My family greets you". It means "Now you are part of my family -- welcome!"

So sentence A happens rarely: it can only be said when a new person "becomes part of" your family, which happens once or twice in a lifetime.

Sentence B happens often: it can be used any time someone enters your home.

#### sdgraham

##### Senior Member
... and note that "welcome to my 'house'" is not natural.

#### longxianchen

##### Senior Member
Thank you so much.
... and note that "welcome to my 'house'" is not natural.
Do you mean we seldom use welcome to my house to replace welcome to my house?
Can you see why the exercise picked B?
Yes.

#### sdgraham

##### Senior Member
Thank you so much. Do you mean we seldom use welcome to my house to replace welcome to my house?
You mean replace an expression with an identical expression?

#### longxianchen

##### Senior Member
Really sorry. I mean replace welcome to my home.

#### Lun-14

##### Banned
... and note that "welcome to my 'house'" is not natural.
"Welcome to my family" does not mean "Hello. My family greets you". It means "Now you are part of my family -- welcome!"

So sentence A happens rarely: it can only be said when a new person "becomes part of" your family, which happens once or twice in a lifetime.

Sentence B happens often: it can be used any time someone enters your home.
May I very respectfully ask why welcome to my "house" isn't natural to you?

#### sdgraham

##### Senior Member
"Welcome to my home" is pretty much a fixed expression. "Welcome" has the implication of a substantial personal connection with the person being welcomed, thus "home" is used because of the personal nature of the concept of "home." Thus "welcome to my home" is used for friends and relatives etc.

You probably would not say "welcome to my home" to a plumber coming to unplug your toilet, but would instead say "come on into the house (or apartment or whatever is appropriate.)

... at least in my experience.

Edit: Note the common English expression "make a house a home."

50 Ways to Make Your House a Home - House & Garden

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#### PaulQ

##### Senior Member
I agree with sdgraham. There are emotive associations attached to "home" - the place you have chosen to live; the way you have decorated it, etc. it is very personal to you and is part of your life - this is what you are welcoming the person to. A house is a building - there are hundreds of houses about the place. You may have several houses: "I have a house in France but my home is in England."

#### andrewg927

##### Senior Member
“Welcome to my house” perhaps could be used when you try to sell your house.

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