Even if you are a kind person who always tries your best to help others, you won’t be able to stand all the requests made by others which is like torturing yourself if you do. So, it is crucial for us to learn how to say no. Whether it is an invitation to some activities or offer of some treats, you always have the right to refuse and reject them! Just follow the standardized phrases and add on the reasons, you can also choose what to do or what not to do, without worrying about being blamed!

1) I’m sorry, but …

Q: Would you like to have a dinner with me?
A: I’m sorry, but I have got a date tonight.

2) I would love to, but …

Q: Would you like to get a drink tonight?
A: I would love to, but I need to work overtime.

3) That sounds good, but …

Q: Would you like to join our camping next week?
A: That’s sounds good, I am busy with my assignments.

4) I wish I could, but …

Q: Would you like to enroll this course together?
A: I wish I could, but my schedule is already too full.

5) No, thank you.

Q: Do you want a cup of tea?
A: No, thank you. I already had one.

As a way to show courtesy, you can decline the offer from others or reject the invitation by the useful phrases above.


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