extend


extend
extend
Fowler (1926) and others have castigated the use of extend to mean ‘to give, to offer’ in expressions such as extend a welcome. Fowler wrote that ‘extend in this sense has done its development in America, and has come to use full-grown via the newspapers —a bad record’. Few would object to its use today, which is common:

• Sincere thanks were extended to all those who contributed to the success of the exhibition —Middlesborough Catholic Voice, 1992

• An open invitation has been extended to interested people to come along to Eastside recreation ground and discuss ideas on Saturday, June 16 from noon, whatever the weather —Sussex Express, 2007.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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