Practice exercise: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/how/how-turn-down-invitation
Have you ever been invited to a party that you didn’t want to go? Find out how to turn down unwanted invitations in the future.
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…
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.
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