Refusing

Sometimes people ask us to do things and we don't want to do them. Here are ten phrases to refuse.

10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing: 
  1. No way
  2. Absolutely not
  3. No Chance
  4. Not if you paid me
  5. Get lost
  6. No, full stop
  7. Not likely
  8. I don't want to
  9. I'd rather not
  10. No but thanks for asking
How To Use These Phrases In Your English: 
  1. Phrases 1, 2 and 3 are strong refusals
  2. Phrase 4 is also a strong refusal and suggests that money will not change the speaker's mind
  3. Phrase 5 is very informal and quite dismisive
  4. Phrase 6 is used to say that the refusal is final and no more discussion will take place
  5. Phrases 7 and 8 are not as final as phrase 6 but it is quite likely that the speaker will not change their mind
  6. Phrases 9 and 10 are quite polite ways of refusing
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