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Refusing

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

Ten 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