ESP003. Giving Excuses_ How to say NO in English
Repeat this lesson as many times you like until you have mastered it. Then, take the next lesson the following day.
Have you ever had to refuse a friend’s request or suggestion? How did that make you feel? It is difficult to find the right words to say no and then explain why. However, you can prepare yourself with strategies and the right phrases to make it easier. In this lesson, I will teach you how to express your excuses so that you sound firm and confident, but without being too rude or hurtful. I will show you ways to begin your sentences that are polite yet assertive so you will never feel cornered again.
Let’s test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
1. There are many reasons why this is a bad idea. __________ it's dangerous.
2. I have given you three reasons why I don't want to participate, __________ being that I don't have time today.
3. Laura: "Let's raise money by selling hugs to strangers downtown." Bobby: "First of all, no one would want to pay money for hugs. ___________, I don't want to hug strangers on the street."
4. I can't go to Ribfest with you because I don't eat meat. __________, I have other priorities today.
5. Cooper: "But you haven't told me exactly what is holding you back from accepting my offer." Harry: "__________, Cooper, I simply have no need for this product."
6. __________ why anyone would need a Jell-O garden gnome.
7. One way to conclude your excuse is to say:
8. You want to accept an invitation, but you are unavailable. To sound sincere, you could say:
9. All these extra details are nice, but _________ our clients just want to receive quick and cheap service.
10. First of all, I'm busy. Secondly, it's too expensive. ___________, it's too cold outside.
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