While learning the position of the adverbs in a sentence, I came across this sentence.

I am obviously not welcome here.

I'm not asking about the adverb obviously's position here, but in this sentence, the word welcome refers to verb, does not it?

It should go like this -

I am obviously not welcomed here [maybe, because I'm not invited].

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    It is simply an adjective, not a verb in this case. "You are welcome" is grammatically not different from "You are blue".
    – oerkelens
    Feb 24 '14 at 11:08
  • @oerkelens then what about I welcome you here. And if that's correct, what about its past tense? Don't forget. She is always special to me. I'll treat her the same way as I welcomed her last year.
    – Maulik V
    Feb 24 '14 at 11:30
  • @oerkelens You are welcome is different than I welcome you also, you should welcome others or I welcome your proposals. clearly, that's verb, isn't it?
    – Maulik V
    Feb 24 '14 at 11:32
  • Yes, in those sentences it is a verb. "Welcome" can be a verb, an adjective or a noun.
    – oerkelens
    Feb 24 '14 at 11:38
  • @oerkelens So you are not welcomed or welcome?
    – Maulik V
    Feb 24 '14 at 11:40

"Welcome" can be a verb, and is then used accordingly:

I welcome you to my house.
I will always welcome her.
He welcomed me to his party.

But it can also be an adjective:

You are welcome in my house.
She is always welcome.
I was welcome at his party.
She made me feel welcome.
The break was a welcome relief from the hard work.

It can even be a noun:

I gave him a very warm welcome to my house.

Sometimes, you can use similar but slightly different constructions, but the meaning of your sentence will change:

I was welcome at his party.
I was welcomed at his party.

The first simply means that I was invited, or at least, my presence was appreciated, at his party. The second version indicates that someone actually bade me welcome when I arrived at the party.

To include the examples from the OP:

I am obviously not welcome here.

My presence here is obviously not appreciated. Whatever the reason, people would be happier if I did would not be here or come here.

I am obviously not welcomed here.

I might as such be welcome here, I might have an invitation to this party, but as you can see, obviously nobody is standing at the door to welcome me. (I guess I'll just sneak in and get a beer.)

  • that means if I say in my original example , I'm not welcomed here. - that's not incorrect...right?
    – Maulik V
    Feb 24 '14 at 11:45
  • It is not incorrect, but it means something different from "I'm not welcome here". I edited my answer to include your examples :)
    – oerkelens
    Feb 24 '14 at 11:55
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    @Maulik: Although your I'm not welcomed here version is theoretically possible (i.e. - there's no clear grammatical principle by which it can be adjudged "incorrect") in practice it's almost impossible to imagine a native speaker saying it. Even oerkelens's brave attempt to provide a credible illustrative context in his edit doesn't really work - when describing his circumstances at the doorway, a "non-greeted" guest would almost certainly phrase it as "I am not being welcomed". But these are really all academic points - only "I am not welcome" is actually relevant to your context. Feb 24 '14 at 12:26
  • "When I go to the Burger Place, there is always a greeter in the door saying "hi." By contrast, when I go to the Pizza Place, I'm not welcomed." (But this is a huge stretch, and the listener might mishear it as "I'm not welcome" which has a negative connotation.)
    – hunter
    Feb 24 '14 at 12:39
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    @FumbleFingers sorry sorry, I know :-) OP, in case it's still not clear: it's technically possible but extremely hard to think of a useful meaning of "I'm not welcomed here" whereas "I'm not welcome here" is a common expression
    – hunter
    Feb 24 '14 at 13:04

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