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Vocabulary: how to refuse politely
"YES" slips off our mouth before we have a chance to stop it, even if our heart shouts "NO". Our head screams that we don't want that, but we daren't say the words, we can't speak, even if deep inside, we refuse to agree to something we can't do, or don't feel like doing...
Internally, we shout "NO", because it means we're staying true to our priorities and convictions, but we don't dare to say the words. When you finally manage to speak, you have to do it extremely politely.
I) HOW TO REFUSE AN INVITATION? You may be invited to a social event, or a party, and if you manage to decline, never forget to start with a positive statement (saying "thank you", for instance).
Very informal! Kinder and more formal words...
|What a pity. I'll be abroad then...|
|That sounds great, but... (informal.)|
|I'm sorry, but I can't...|
|I really appreciate your invitation, but...|
|Well, that's very kind of you, but...|
|That'll be great, but I'm sorry...|
|I wish I could come, but unfortunately...|
I'd really like to, but...
|I'm afraid I can't make it...|
|That's a very kind invitation, but...|
II) HOW TO REFUSE AN OFFER?
|I appreciate the offer, but...|
|That would really be great, but...|
|Thank you very much for the offer, but...|
|I'm awfully sorry I have to refuse such an offer, but...|
|That's very kind of you; unfortunately, I can't ...|
III) HOW TO DENY A REQUEST? When a relative, a friend, or a near stranger asks you for some help, it's even more difficult to refuse. If you absolutely have to decline, don't forget to do it extremely politely, thanking, giving the reason and apologising...
|I'm sorry I can't help you here...|
|I'm sorry, I'll help another time, but I can't today...|
|I'd love to help, but right now, I'm too busy...|
|I really wish I could help, but I can't...|
|I wish I could, but right now, I can't...|
|Normally, I'd be able to help, but...|
Quite a number of expressions to learn... Don't worry, they're quite usual and easy... I'm sure you'll succeed. Good luck!
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