Smart and Polite Ways to Say ‘NO’ in English

Different ways to say NO: No. Nope. No thanks, I won't be able to make it. Not this time....


Other ways to say NO!

No

Nope

No thanks, I won’t be able to make it.

Not this time

No thanks, I have another commitment

Unfortunately, it’s not a good time.

Sadly I have something else

Unfortunately not

I have something else

Sorry

Apologies, but I can’t make it

Maybe another time

Sounds great, but I can’t commit.

I’m booked into something else.

Thanks, but no thanks.

I’m not able to make it this week/month/year

I’ve got too much on my plate right now.

I’m not taking on anything else right now

Bandwidth is low, so I won’t be able to make it work.

Not possible

I wish I were able to.

If only I could!

I’d love to – but I can’t

Dam! Not able to fit it in.

Nah.

Rats! Would’ve loved to.

I’m slammed.

Perhaps next season when things clear up.

I’m at the end of my rope right now so have to take a raincheck

If only it worked

I’ll need to bow out.

I’m going to have to exert my NO muscle on this one.

I’m taking some time.

Thanks for thinking of me, but I can’t.

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