Use the word "invite" when asking another person or a group of people to join an activity.

  • My friends invited me to a party.
  • I was invited to a party. (This sentence is in the passive voice.)
  • We were invited to stay at a resort.
  • Our friends invited us.
  • Were you invited?
  • Did you get invited?
  • Jamie invited some of her friends on Facebook to a seminar.
  • Bob didn’t get invited to the seminar, but he went anyway.
  • The musician on stage invited everyone in the audience to sing along.
  • A woman working in the grocery store invited customers to sample some cheese.
  • The announcer at the game invited the fans to stand for the singing of the national anthem.

The words "invited" and "inviting" are sometimes used as adjectives:

  • The invited guests were told where to sit for lunch.
  • That cake looks quite inviting. (inviting = appealing)
  • Some of the people at the wedding reception were uninvited. (uninvited = not invited)

The word "invitation" is a noun:

  • Invitations were sent to the guests.
  • We got an invitation to an awards ceremony.
  • Oscar received a wedding invitation from an old friend.
  • The young lawyer declined an invitation to join the law firm.

woman inviting children into her home

The woman invited the children to come in.

Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.

March 14, 2016