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?

Write your example in the comment section below.

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Do you have the time? and Do you have time?

What is the difference between these two questions?

Do you have the time? = A polite way to ask, "What time is it?

Do you have time? = You want to know if someone has time in her schedule for something. 


Do you have the time?  

"Do you have the time?" is a polite way to ask someone"what time is it?

"If you want to know what time it is, you can ask someone "Do you have the time?" Then he will look at his watch and tell you, "it's 10:36."

Do you have time? 

Imagine this situation, you want to meet with your co-worker on Wednesday afternoon, and you know she is very busy. You want to be polite and respectful of her busy schedule.

YouDo you have time to meet on Wednesday afternoon around 3?
She checks her schedule.
Your co-worker: No, I don't have time on Wednesday afternoon. But I do have time on Thursday morning at 9:00. Does that work for you?
You: Yes, that's great. See you on Thursday morning. 

Don't make this mistake: "Do you have a time?" This question is not correct. 

Do I have time to read your comments?

Yes, I do.

Practice writing "Do you have time....?" questions in the comment section below.

Reach for the stars...

"Reach for the stars," is just one of many (American) English sayings about goals.

Have you ever wanted something that was placed high on a shelf? Perhaps in order to get that item you had to stand on a chair and stretch your arm to touch it. You reached for the item. When something is far away from us on a shelf or table we have to reach for it.

Here's another example, let's say you live in Santa Barabara, CA and you want to visit San Diego, CA. So you leave your home and start driving (or maybe you take a bus), when you finally arrive in San Diego, you reach San Diego; you reach your destination.

Stars are what we call the tiny dots of light we can see in the night time sky. Stars are not close, but it is possible to study them by creating technology so that they can be observed in greater detail. (New Horizons recently took amazing photos of Pluto, which before had been a fuzzy speck in the telescope. Have you seen the photos?)

What goals (stars) are you reaching for?
To improve your English vocabulary so that you can express your ideas; perhaps it's to communicate with your colleagues. Or maybe it's to study abroad in an English speaking country.

My goal is to help my others achieve their English language goals. I do this by listening, thinking of new ways to help people learn and communicating clearly.

Are there sayings about goals or stars in your native language?
What are your English language goals?  Share them in the comments section below.

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