No thank you, I think I’ll pass.
Saying no is never easy but even though we don’t feel comfortable declining certain things, there are times when we need to say no. Here is a list of possible ways to say no:
I’m afraid not
A polite way of saying no
You don’t care very much about something
I don’t think so/Not as far as/I know/ Not to my knowledge/ Possibly not/ Probably not
You think you know something but are not completely sure
Certainly not/Definitely not
To emphasize that your answer to a question or request is definitely no
Of course not
You think an idea is stupid or insulting
No way/Not likely
Informal: very definite way of saying no
You must be joking/Are you kidding
Shows that you think somebody’s suggestion or request is crazy
Not exactly/Not quite
You think that something is almost (but not) correct or true
I wish I could
Used to express regret that something is not possible
Not especially/Not very (much)
Used to say no to a question about your opinion of something
How are you going to decline the next uncomfortable situation you face?
Flight attendant: Can you fasten your seat belt please?
Passenger: I’m afraid not, it’s broken and I can’t fix it!
Flight attendant: OK Sir.
Look at the exercise below and choose the best way of saying no in English.