Which one of the following expressions is grammatical?

  1. Please donate $5. More is welcome!
  2. Please donate $5. More is welcomed!
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    I think they are of about equal wrongness; perhaps the latter is grammatically better; but I would say "More is better" instead. Commented Jul 17, 2012 at 20:30
  • @jwpat7: Thanks for your suggestion. Is the 1st one somehow related to "You are welcome"? In other words, are they the same type of construction? Commented Jul 17, 2012 at 20:33
  • I suspect there's an element of formality in the choice between the two. Commented Jul 17, 2012 at 20:47
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    @jwpat7: I disagree. The first is better than the second, but in the context of such "deferential requests" you'd more likely phrase it "More would be welcome!". Commented Jul 17, 2012 at 21:09
  • possible duplicate of Which is correct: "feedback is welcome" or "feedback is welcomed"?
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They're both grammatical:

  • Welcome is an adjective which means agreeable or gladly received.

  • Welcome is also a verb meaning to receive or accept with pleasure. Formed into a past participle, which functions as an adjective, it is welcomed.

More is welcome is definitely the one you want, since it implies to the viewer that they are being targeted by the statement. More is welcomed, on the other hand, sounds like a bare statement of fact that you currently accept more, without the same appeal to the individual viewer.

  • "More is welcomed" relates to the money being welcomed (greeted at the door), should it arrive.
  • "More is welcome" relates to the concept of "more" being welcome (door is always open), should it arrive or not.


  • the first implies that you intend to thank them when they give you money.
  • the second is more in spirit with the sentence: "Thanks, door's open, just leave it on the table", thus not necessarily implying an immediate thank you.

"Welcome" is correct as it is the standard adjective.

"Welcomed" is a past participle, which are often similar to the adjective form, but in this case a different adjective exists, i.e. "welcome".


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