What is the difference between You're welcome and Welcome?

Can you shorten the response to "thanks" from you're welcome to welcome?*

No. Do not shorten you're welcome to welcome.

You're welcome and welcome have very different meanings. See the examples below...

Thanks Youre Welcome

*English Teacher Note: I've noticed that many English language students say, "welcome" after I thank them.

This happens because students know that it is okay to shorten I'm sorry to Sorry and the meaning does not change. Unfortunately this is not true with You're welcome and Welcome.

Example 1: You're Welcome

You're in class and a classmate needs a pen. You reach in your bag and pull out an extra pen. You hand your classmate the pen.

How does your classmate respond? "Thank you!" or "Thanks"

How do you respond to your classmate's thanks? "You're (you are) welcome."

Example 2: Welcome

Your friends invite you to have dinner at their home. When you arrive, your friend opens the door and says, "Welcome! Come on in!"

When you leave your friends' home you might say, "Thanks for inviting us. I had a lovely time."

Your friend may respond, "Of course! You're welcome in my home any time." = I'm happy to have you come and stay in a place (my home).  

Two other phrases with welcome:

Welcome back

You go on vacation for two weeks. When you return to work, your co-worker says, "Welcome back!"

Teachers or schools will often have signs that say "Welcome Back," which welcome students in the fall (after summer break.) 

Welcome back = you went away and then you returned. It's a friendly way of saying nice to see you.

Welcome home

You live with your parents. You study abroad for 6 months. When you return, your parents have a sign that says Welcome Home. They are happy to have you home again after your trip and they are welcoming to your home since you've been away. 

Can you think of other examples with welcome?

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