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  • In this video, we will show you how to say no or turn down an offer in a very polite way.

  • Many English learners say no or reject something with a very short answer.

  • For example, if a person asks them, “Can you help me today?”

  • Many English learners will say, “Sorry. No.”

  • Now, this is not wrong.

  • But it can make the other person feel bad or could be considered rude.

  • So, let's look at some good ways to say no, refuse, or reject something in a very polite way.

  • Here are some sentences that you can use.

  • I am sorry, but……

  • I would love to, but….

  • I wish I could, but….

  • I am sorry, but I can't because…..

  • Thank you, but….

  • No thank you. ....

  • Let's look at some real world examples so you can see how they are actually used.

  • Would you like to see a movie with me tonight?

  • I am sorry, but I have to work tonight.

  • How about getting some dinner tomorrow?

  • I would love to, but tomorrow is my son's birthday.

  • Can you help me with this project?

  • I wish I could, but I am so busy with my own report.

  • Would you like to come to my party this Saturday?

  • I am sorry, but I can't come because I have to go to my cousin's wedding.

  • Would you like some wine?

  • Thank you, but I don't drink alcohol.

  • Would you like some chicken?

  • No thank you.

  • I am a vegetarian, so I will eat the salad.

  • These answers are longer and give a reason why the person is saying no.

  • They are much more polite.

  • You can use them easily in daily life or in business situations.

  • Start practicing using them today.

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In this video, we will show you how to say no or turn down an offer in a very polite way.

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Perfect English - How to Say No Politely

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    Minnie posted on 2021/03/09
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