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20 ways of saying ‘NO’!

My favourite is ‘nonononononono’ 🙂 Here are some you may use: In a word, no. Not now. Not likely. Not this time. Count me out. I’d rather not (if you don’t mind). No chance. I’ll opt out! No way! Can’t see myself doing this This is simply not my thing. I don’t think I’m up … Continue reading

How do you tell someone that they are wrong?

How do you tell someone that they are wrong without sounding rude or without offending them? Try to reduce the directness of the address. And how do you do that? By using expressions like ‘I’m sorry but…,’ ‘I’m afraid…,’ ‘I don’t think…’ ‘Don’t mind my saying so, but..’ POLITE/SOMEWHAT POLITE I’m sorry, but that’ s … Continue reading

How do you emphasize a contrast?

However, nevertheless, nonetheless emphasize the fact that the second point contrasts with the first. Example: The ruling party suffered a massive defeat in the recent elections. However, they were able to retain a few seats in the eastern region of the state, traditionally a stronghold for them. Mind you and still introduce the contrasting point … Continue reading

How to greet someone you have not seen for a long time

Hi! I haven’t seen you in a long time! How have you been? Heyyy! I haven’t seen you in ages! How are you doing? Hi! I haven’t seen you in years! Where have you been? Hi Sam. Long time, hanh? Good to see you. Hi! I don’t see you much around here anymore. Where have … Continue reading

How to respond to compliments?

Thanks. It’s a gift from my… Thanks a lot. It’s from… (or) I got it from… Thanks, I’m glad you like it. You think so? Thanks. Thanks. It’s very nice of you to say so. Thanks. It’s very generous of you to say so. Thank you. It’s very kind of you to say so. Thank you. I … Continue reading

How to give compliments

That’s a wonderful dress, [name]! Did you make this at home? It’s absolutely delicious! This color suits you! That was an excellent presentation. Is that your daughter’s picture on the desk? She’s so cute! You did a great job at the presentation. It was very interesting (or) informative (or) insightful. I enjoyed reading your article. Great work!

How to end a casual conversation?

How do you end a casual conversation, especially at work? More than once, I’ve come across responses as unintentionally curt as ‘Okay bye.’ So I thought of posting some phrases you could use. ‘Well, I have to get back to my desk../my break is over…let’s catch up soon again’ ‘I’m sorry, I have to go/leave/get … Continue reading

‘it’s true that…but’ : concession and counter-argument

Expressions of concession and counter-argument are used in a three-part structure: (1) there is discussion of facts that point in a certain direction ↓ (2) it is agreed that a particular contradictory fact points the other way (concession) ↓   (3) but the speaker/writer dismisses this fact and returns to the original direction of argument (counter-argument). … Continue reading

How to buy time before responding to an invitation?

Let me check. Can I get back to you? I’ll need to check my appointments. (or) I need to check my schedule. (or) I need to check with my assistant. I’ll let you know later. (or) I’ll let you know on Monday. I may be away on Saturday evening. Let me check and get back to you. I might … Continue reading

How do you refuse an invitation?

I’m sorry, I have a previous engagement. (or) I’m sorry, I have another appointment. I’m so sorry, but I can’t. I’m rather tied up all of this week. I’m sorry! I’m booked all week with the conference. Why don’t we go out sometime after the 15th? (or) Why don’t we go sometime in the week after next? … Continue reading

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