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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...
II) HOW TO REFUSE AN OFFER?
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...
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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