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Scenario: A friend wants to talk with me about something that makes her sad, but she's busy at the moment and wants talk later. I want to express that I'll be pleased to listen to her. Can I say: "Very welcome to talk to you"? I guess it's wrong, but how I can express it correctly? Should I use the word "welcome"?

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I'd suggest asking questions like this at our sister site, the English Language Learners Stack Exchange; it's a much more appropriate question for that community. But please don't misinterpret my suggestion as implying you're not welcome here; you're welcome to participate actively in both communities – many regulars here frequent there as well. –  J.R. Feb 25 '13 at 2:55
    
What's the difference between these 2 sites? –  Samuel Feb 25 '13 at 3:11
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That's the $64,000 question. :^) This site is supposed to be for questions that would appeal to "serious linguists and language enthusiasts." The other site is geared toward helping non-native English speakers who are seeking guidance on the more confounding parts of the language. You can read more about this here and here. I think most “Can I say X?” questions would be a better fit on ELL. –  J.R. Feb 25 '13 at 3:20
    
Thanks J.R. I got it now - will post this kind of question on ELL in future :) –  Samuel Feb 25 '13 at 6:32
    
@Samuel - You can also think of moving this question to ELL as well besides doing it in the future as well. You can also delete your question from here. You have lot of powers here! Edit: I didnt't see that Bill has already answered it. You better not delete it now. :) –  Mohit Feb 25 '13 at 6:59

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You are very welcome to talk to me is grammatically and semantically correct, but not really idiomatic or natural. Other ways are: Please feel free to talk to me whenever you have time or I'll be pleased to talk with you or Whenever you want to talk, just let me know and I'll be happy to listen. I wouldn't use welcome.

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Thanks Bill. Nice answer. –  Samuel Feb 25 '13 at 3:10
    
You might be able to use the word welcome if you phrased it like this: "You're very welcome to talk with me about it," particularly if you think the other person might be apprehensive about talking about an issue, and you want to offer reassurances. Changing the preposition from to to with alters the meaning slightly, so that wording is not too much different from, "We can start a discussion whenever you'd like." –  J.R. Feb 25 '13 at 3:37
    
@J.R.: If the friend is apprehensive about the conversation because she believes that it'll be a bother for the OP to talk, then "welcome" might be appropriate, I agree. I'd interpret using welcome as a response to the friend's desire not to be a bother, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. She's busy at the moment and wants to put off the talk until she she has time for it. –  user21497 Feb 25 '13 at 3:47
    
@Bill: Yes, you're right – I took the liberty to expand the scenario outside the scope of the original question. Kept inside that fence, I agree with you: welcome is not a good word. I just didn't want anyone to read your answer and assume that welcome is never a good word to use. –  J.R. Feb 25 '13 at 9:29

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