How to say “No” in English politely?
In this lesson, we will learn the way to say “No” in English. Do you find yourself saying “Yes” when you really want to say “No”? We are sure you do. We can really please everyone. Let’s have a look at some ways to say “No”.
Directly saying “No” can really sound rude, so what are the simpler ways to say “No” politely? Let’s have a look to some situations that you may commonly come across. How would you deny to certain situations?
Saying “no” to a request politely
People sometimes come and ask you to do something. What would you do if you can’t go? You can’t really say a direct “No”. Use these expressions to deny politely:
I wish I could help you …
I’d love to help you, but …
Unfortunately, now is not a good time.
You can also add an apology “I’m so sorry.”
You can say that it’s not the right time to help them.
Learn more: 11 useful phrases to ask for help
Saying “no” to an offer politely
When you receipt an offer, you can either accept or refuse it. What are the best ways to say “No” in a polite manner so that you don’t hurt other people? You might use these expressions to do so.
Thank you for the offer, but…
That would be great, but…
I appreciate the offer, but…
The best way to refuse an offer is to give a reason. You should say why you cannot accept the offer.
Sometimes, you can answer with another offer.
Learn more: Do you want something to drink?
Denying an invitation politely
When you receive an invitation to an event, a party, a movie … you might use these expressions to say “no” politely.
I wish I could come, but unfortunately…
I really appreciate the invitation, but…
That sounds great but…
Again, you show that you’re being nice, you’re being polite and you don’t directly say “No”. You can reply the other person very politely and just give a reason to the invitation.