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Video Lesson! How to Politely Say "No" to an Invitation in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 07:54 PM

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Do you struggle when you don't know the right English vocabulary words to use in certain situations?

Holiday season is coming and perhaps you will get invited to a lot of parties that your colleagues are hosting.

What can you say in English if you can't go to the party or if you don't want to go to the party?

It's important to use the right English words to maintain the professional relationship!

Watch today's video to find out what to say to decline an invitation in English.

 

 

 

How to Say "No" to an Invitation in English Politely

 

 

3 Ways to Say "No" to an Invitation in English

 

  • "I'm sorry I can't make it." This is a casual and polite way of saying that you can't go. To "make it" means to be able to be there. This phrase is useful because it is rather vague. You don't need to say why you can't make it.

 

 

  • "Thanks for the invite. I won't be able to make it."  This is also casual. In this case "invite" is short for invitation.

 

 

  • "I can't be there but I appreciate the invitation": If you want to maintain the relationship with the person who invited you, it's always a good idea to show them that you appreciate the invitation.

 

Practice these phrases in a private lesson with a real, native English teacher

 

 

 

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