20 different ways to say NO in English

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Last week you learned 20 different ways to say "yes" in English, and today you’ll learn 20 different expressions for "no."

These are especially important to learn because we often want to be polite when declining an invitation or request – it sounds a little rude to just say "no." Or maybe you want to add some additional information to the simple answer of "no" – a lot of today’s expressions include extra meaning.

This is just a very small sample of the many ways we have to say "no" in English – there are many, many more!

As you can see, these different expressions all add slightly different meanings. A lot of them are commonly used in some situations, but don’t sound natural if used in another situation. This is why it’s so important to learn words and phrases in context, so that you can use them the right way. The lessons inside the Everyday English Speaking Courses are based on dialogues that help you learn phrases in the real situations where we use them. It's our most popular and practical course at Espresso English :-)

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