Could you please let know why "to" Preposition is not used in first sentence, however in second one it is used.

1) I welcome John.
2) We welcome to “Veeru" junior.

I request you to please let me know when to use it ("to" Preposition) and when not to use in such type of sentences.

Thanks, Charmi

  • I don't think many native speakers (if any) would use to in the second sentence. Where did you find this sentence? When welcome is used as a verb, we do normally not use to.
    – oerkelens
    Jan 28, 2015 at 7:25
  • What is "Veeru"? I assumed it was a name, but if it is a place, that changes things. What do you mean with sentence 2)? Please add some more information if you want a correct answer.
    – oerkelens
    Jan 28, 2015 at 12:56

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    1. an instance or manner of greeting someone. "you will receive a warm welcome" synonyms: greeting, salutation


  • 1 used to greet someone in a glad or friendly way. "welcome to the Wildlife Park"


  • 1 greet (someone arriving) in a glad, polite, or friendly way. "hotels should welcome guests in their own language"

  • 2 be glad to entertain (someone) or receive (something). "we welcome any comments"

  • 3 react with pleasure or approval to (an event or development). "the bank's decision to cut its rates was widely welcomed"


    1. (of a guest or new arrival) gladly received. "visitors with disabilities are always welcome"
  • 2 very pleasing because much needed or desired. "after your walk, the cafe serves a welcome pot of coffee"

  • 3 allowed or invited to do a specified thing. "anyone is welcome to join them at their midday meal"

  • 4 used to indicate that one is relieved to be relinquishing the control or possession of something to another. "the job is all yours and you're welcome to it!"

As for your examples: #1 is grammatically correct, but unlikely. Instead, you would say (present tense, speaking to John) "We welcome you, John" or (past tense, speaking to someone else) "We welcomed John."

In #2, some other word or punctuation is needed to make sense. Assuming "Veeru" is a place, and "junior" is a certain person (e.g. a junior in high school): "Welcome to Veeru, junior(s)!" or "We welcome juniors to Veeru."

And finally, the answer to your question: You don't need "to" in the first one because John is the Direct Object of the verb "welcome". In the second, "junior is (apparently) the Direct Object, whereas "Veeru" is (apparently) the Indirect Object, so it requires "to ".

  • Thank you for your explanation.. Here, which one is correct out of below two. 1) We welcome to all of you 2) We welcome all of you. Jan 28, 2015 at 12:38
  • @CharmiSapariya: In a sentence like we welcome... you never use to. Unless you welcome someone (in)to your house.
    – oerkelens
    Jan 28, 2015 at 12:53
  • Could you explain how "Veeru" is an indirect object? Is it something like a house or a family, that someone can be welcomed into?
    – oerkelens
    Jan 28, 2015 at 12:54
  • ok thank you then as per my understading this is a right sentence. "We welcome all of you" Jan 28, 2015 at 13:14
  • I don't know what "Veeru" is. I guessed it is a place. So, yes, I thought something like a house or a family.. Jan 29, 2015 at 4:05

Welcome can be used as a noun and as a verb.

As a verb, welcome is transitive, it takes a direct object. This direct object does not take a preposition. So in both your sentences, we do not use to:

I welcome John.
We welcome “Veeru" junior.

However, when we use welcome as a noun, we need another verb. That verb will have to take a direct and and indirect object. The direct object is the welcome, the indirect object is the person that we welcome:

I extend a warm welcome to John.
We give a warm welcome to “Veeru" junior.

Now, in headlines, or in the case of welcome, on signs or banners, we usually leave out words from a sentence. In this case, it may not be immediately clear whether welcome is a verb or a noun!

If we see a sign that says:

Welcome to “Veeru" junior!

_Welcome _ is certainly used as a noun. The text on the sign is short for we extend a welcome to “Veeru" junior.

Now, if the sign is shorter:

Welcome John!

It can actually be read in several ways:

  • Welcome can be a verb: [We / I] welcome John.
  • Welcome can be a noun: [We / I extend a] welcome [to] John.

It can also be read as an imperative: I order you to welcome John.

How do people understand which one is meant?

They do not. The meanings are so similar (John is welcome, and we want him to feel welcome!) that it doesn't matter whether we say we welcome him, we extend a welcome to him or we urge people to welcome him.


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