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How to Accept and Refuse in English 2022

Written by Sachin Raut

In our daily communication, we come to the situation as we have to give our personal opinion about the proposal which is in front of us at that time either we have to accept or refuse the proposal. How to accept and refuse things in English is an art. There are so many ways how to accept and refuse things. In this article, you will learn about how to accept or show your agreement and how to refuse or show you disagree in a particular situation or with any particular person.

Let’s learn How to accept and reuse things in English.

Vocabulary: How to accept and Refuse

  • Agree
  • Disagree
  • Regret
  • Objection
  • Accept
  • Entirely
  • Consent
  • You are right.
  • According to

Expressions: How to accept and Refuse

  • I have no objection.
  • It doesn’t matter.
  • It will be so.
  • I accept your invitation.
  • I consent to this.
  • I shall act according to your advice.
  • Never mind.
  • I don’t want to come.
  • I shall not be able to come.
  • I am sorry but I can’t do so.
  • I agree, I can’t do so.
  • I am not agreeing with you.
  • Nothing/None/ no/not
  • I think you are right.
  • I agree with you.
  • You are absolutely right.
  • I agree entirely.
  • I totally agree.
  • I agree with you up to a point, but…….
  • That’s quite true, but……..
  • I am not sure I agree with you.
  • (I am afraid) I don’t agree.
  • (I am afraid) I disagree.
  • (I am afraid) I can’t agree with you.
  • I don’t agree at all.
  • I totally disagree.

Accepting and Refusing:

While accepting and refusing we have to give a positive and negative response to the person who is in front of us. Only by yes or no we are not giving the positive and negative responses, there are others ways to give Positive and Negative responses.

Positive Response:

Whether the following responses are different but their meaning is the same that is a positive response.

Positive Responses: How to accept

  • Why not?
  • Yes, sure.
  • Why not?
  • Ok.
  • Sounds good.
  • Good idea.
  • As you wish.
  • As you like.
  • Sure, I would live it.
  • All rights. Thanks
  • Great!
  • Looks good. Thanks

Negative Responses: How to refuse

  • No, thank you.
  • I don’t think I can.
  • No, but thanks for offering.
  • I am sorry, but I can’t.
  • No, thanks.
  • Sorry, I am busy.
  • I would better not.


  • Would you like some cake?

Positive Response: Yes, please. / Sure. Thanks, / Okay, thank you.

Negative Responses: No, thank you. / I would better not. / No, but thanks for offering.

  • Would you like to go to see a movie?

Positive Response: Ok, sounds good. / Sure, I would love to. / Yeah! Good idea.

Negative Responses:  No, I would rather not. / I am sorry, but I can’t. / No, but thanks for inviting me.

  • How about some more rice?

Positive Response: All right. Thanks. / Looks good. Thanks. / don’t mind if I do.

Negative Responses: No, thanks. / I am really full. Thanks anyway. / looks delicious, but I will have to pass.

  • How about going for a trip this weekend?

Positive Response: Great, what time? / Sounds like fun. / All right, when and where. / Why not?

Negative Responses: Sorry, I am busy this weekend, / I don’t think I can. / How about some other time? How to accept and Refuse in English


  • Dialogue: 1

Ajay: I think Australia will win today’s match.

Vijay: You are right.

Rahul: But don’t you think that Srilanka is a strong team?

Vijay: Yes, I do. But the Australian bowling attack is strong as compared to Srilanka and their batsmen are also in great form.

  • Dialogue: 2

Gopal: Who is your man of the match in today’s match?

Akash: According to me my man of the match is Sachin Tendulkar. Don’t you think so?

Gopal: Yes, but Pathan’s bowling spell is also important. He had slashed the Australian middle order and made the win possible.

Akash: It’s true. But in my opinion, if Sachin scored a dashing 148 then only we can set up a target of 309 runs. So I don’t agree with you.

Rahul: Hi friends. What are you talking about?

Gopal: We are debating about today’s man of the match.

Akash: Who’s your man of the match Sachin or Irfan?

Rahul: Look, friends! Cricket is a game of teamwork. All players play important role in the victory. So I am a little partial about it. Sachin as well as Irfan is today’s stars. Don’t you think so?

Gopal and Akash: Yes, you are right.

  • Dialogue: 3

Jay: I think science is a blessing to us. Don’t you think so?

Om: It’s true in one sense.

Jay: What do you want to say? There are so advantages of science. It has made our life comfortable.

Om: I agree with you. But there is another side also. Development also causes unemployment and laziness.

Jay: I don’t agree with you. Only scientific development has given a lot of opportunities to the young employees.

Om: What’s your opinion about violence spread due to science?

Jay: Won’t be so negative, my friend. Science is a thing, which can be dangerous as well as a blessing. It’s in man’s hand to decide.

Om: Here you are right. I consent with you.

  • Dialogue: 4

Friend 1: Marathi is better than English. What is your opinion?

Friend 2: Both have the same importance according to their uses.


  • A: In my opinion income petrol prices are too high.
  • B: I agree with you.
  • A: The ads encourage us to buy.
  • B: I can’t go along with you on that point.
  • A: Do you agree with my opinion?
  • B: Yes, I do.
  • A: I think all we have to do now is cut down on our expenses.
  • B: I agree with you.
  • A: let me get down to the main business.
  • B: Okay.
  • A: Are you for or against this plan?
  • B: I am for it.
  • A: Will you help me with this problem?
  • B: Sure. I would love to.
  • A: Today is so hot. What do you think so?
  • B: I entirely agree with you.
  • A: It may rain today.
  • B: It will be so.
  • A: I will get a chance this time to be a champion.
  • B: Why not? It’s all about your hard work.

In this way, we can learn about How to accept and Refuse and we can make our communication effective and positive by showing agreement and disagreement with the due proposal.

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