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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

1) Your suggestions are always WELCOME.

2) Your suggestions are always WELCOMED.

Again, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

1) Your suggestions are always WELCOME.

2) Your suggestions are always WELCOMED.

*** This is another "choice" situation.  Both are used and both are acceptable.

However, since the verb "are" is the present tense, I prefer "welcome," instead of the past tense "welcomed."

Keeping everything in the present tense just seems logical to me.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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