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Speaker A: We want to ask you some questions. If you don't mind, of course.

Speaker B: [He opens the door of his house] Sure, be my guests.

Is the idiom being used correctly? If not, what would be a better alternative?

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"Be my guest" is an idiom that's usually used to (politely) give permission for someone to do something.

If you want to edit my manuscript, be my guest.

Can I try out your new TARDIS? Be my guest.

It indicates the other person should feel free to act as he/she pleases.

In your question it appears the idiom is being used both figuratively and literally, B is inviting A into his house (as guests) and giving B permission to ask questions.

The only questionable bit is the use of guests instead of guest. As far as I know, "be my guest" is the conventional idiom, though given B is referring to a group of people, the the plural form is perfectly acceptable.

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  • In a real-life example, would someone use be my guest even if the person is talking with a group of people?
    – wyc
    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:00
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    Conversations usually occur between two people, but may have many observers/listeners. I'd say it's perfectly acceptable to say either be my guest, (since you're technically only talking to one person) or be my guests (if the permission given is extended to all listeners)
    – Huey
    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:03
  • Nice answer. Welcome to the site! Apr 18, 2015 at 9:41
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    'Be my guests' in this situation would be an obvious variation of the usual idiom here, and a reasonable expression to use. Idioms differ in their degree of fixedness; John and Sue are keeping their heads down is far more colloquial than John and Sue need to get grips on their children. Apr 18, 2015 at 10:04
  • "Be my guest is an idiom that's usually used to (politely) give permission for someone to do something." -- source?
    – Kris
    Apr 18, 2015 at 14:22
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As in my place in Kuala Lumpur, we understand it this way: Be My Guest related to something that we try to challenge someone to do it with circumstances and difficulty until it's merely seems like will never done or succeed at all. eg: I'm the one who recovered from nightmares, you wanna get into my life? Be My Guest...

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    – Community Bot
    Nov 27, 2021 at 10:37
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    If I understand you correctly, "Be my guest" is sometimes used in this context with something nobody wants to do, e.g. among people living together A: "Someone needs to clean the kitchen." B: "Be my guest." Here, B is not expecting anything to get done and is not offering to clean. But sometimes it is used in a more genuine way to actually invite people to do something they want to do.
    – Stuart F
    Nov 27, 2021 at 18:44

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