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What is the best way to turn down an invitation?
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Man: Oh no!

Woman: What is it?

Man: “Josh and Henrietta would like to have the pleasure of your company at a drinks party, next Saturday evening...”

Woman: Oh no, Josh and Henrietta... they’re not that couple who...?

Man: Yeah exactly! And it gets worse...

Woman: How?

Man: “Formal dress...”

Woman: Argh.... it means you’ve got to wear a suit....

Man: At the bottom it says “RSVP”. What does it mean?

Woman: You’ve got to reply.

Man: But I don’t want to go, so what can I say?

Woman: Tell them you’ve got a dentist’s appointment.

Man: Josh is my dentist!

Woman: Tell them it’s your grandmother’s 100th birthday party.

Man: But they know my granny died ages ago.

Woman: Tell them your dog’s sick and you’ve got to take him to see the vet.

Man: It’s no use – I’m just going to have to tell them the truth...

Woman: The truth? “I’m not coming to your birthday party because I think you’re boring and stupid?”

Man: Maybe not then...

Woman: Tell them this: “I’m unable to attend because I have a prior engagement.”

Man: “Prior engagement”?! And… they won’t be offended?

Woman: Absolutely not.

Man: Perfect!

- See more at: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/how/how-turn-down-invitation#sthash.DvpCICqk.dpuf
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