You're our guest/you're our host

Gabriele8512

Senior Member
Italian - Italy
Good morning!

I'm finding difficult to understand what the difference is between these two words: guest and host

Here are two examples. Which one sounds more correct to you?

1) A: So, now I expect you to tell me how much I owe you for the pizza.
B: Absolutely nothing. You're our guest so don't worry.

2) A: So, now I expect you to tell me how much I owe you for the pizza.
B: Absolutely nothing. You're our host so don't worry.


Many thanks


G.
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Answer (2) sounds a bit unlikely. It would require a context where a guest has taken his host (the person at whose house B is staying) out for a pizza, and wants to treat him.

    In a restaurant setting, "You're my guest" usually means "I invited you, so I'm paying for your meal.")
     

    Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    Answer (2) sounds a bit unlikely. It would require a context where a guest has taken his host (the person at whose house B is staying) out for a pizza, and wants to treat him.
    I was going to say A's statement itself was unlikely, and that if he did make it, B's answer would work as a humorous reminder. The situation I was thinking of was one where A hosts people at a restaurant and then asks one of his guests, B, how much he owed B for the pizza B had.:) I agree your imagined context is more likely for a statement like A's.
     
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