The guests were greeted to our home.

Someone told me that the construction "greeted to a place" was ungrammatical, but that's weird, because I have seen it in a number of places. Is this the case? Why is it ungrammatical? I thought greeted to was similar to welcomed to.


3 similar concepts: introduce, greet, and welcome.

Use Introduce for the first time meeting or experience.

Ms. Frisby introduced her guests to the old man.

Karl introduced Bob to jazz music.

Use Greet for the act or gesture of saying hello.

Ms. Frisby greeted her guests with a wave from the balcony.

A small dog greeted them with his wagging tail.

Use Welcome to show friendship and generosity.

The guests were welcomed into our home.

Ms. Frisby left clean towels in the spare bedroom to welcome her guests.

I think the word you want is "welcomed".

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  • I found some sentences: Crabtree went to visit the cyclewear company, which is located in Shepley, and greeted them to the Giants Business Club; He was also impressed by how friendly and welcoming the staff were, especially the Lofthouse family who personally greeted them to the site. What do you think? – JJJJ Nov 18 '18 at 12:37
  • @JJJJ, in that sentence I would use "introduced them to the Giants Business Club". They all have overlapping meaning, and there may be regional differences. – wetcircuit Nov 18 '18 at 14:35
  • So it could be considered correct? – JJJJ Nov 18 '18 at 16:11
  • @JJJJ In that sentence "Giants Business Club" is a group of people, not a place. As a native speaker, I would never say "The guests were greeted to our home." You cannot be greeted to inanimate objects. You don't "wave hello" to a house or a car (without poetic license: "the friendly flowers greeted the guests with cheerful colors…"). – wetcircuit Nov 18 '18 at 16:19
  • @JJJJ Source for those examples? They sound totally wrong to me, but as wetcircuit says, there may be regional differences. – SirTechSpec Dec 11 '18 at 14:46

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