Have you ever been invited to a party that you didn't want to go to? Find out how to turn down unwanted invitations in the future.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


I have got a question. I’m a little bit confused with the grammatical aspect of this phrase “I’m just going to have to tell them the truth...”. What’s the difference between “I’m going to have to tell..” and “I have to tell..”
I would be very grateful if someone could help me. Many thanks in advance.

Hello Rinchik,

The phrase 'I'm just going to...' tells us that the speaker can avoid something at the moment but will have no choice at some point in the future or if they wish to achieve some other goal:

I'm going to have to tell them the truth (when they ask/when I get there)

I'm going to have to tell them the truth (if I want them to help me)


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The LearnEnglish Team

Yes, it's very useful information. I sometimes cannot reject their invitation so what should I say it politely. I don't want to make them dissapointed.

First of all accept my greetings, Secondly, i would like to thank you for this useful lesson.
My question is what does it mean (Josh and Henrietta would like to have the pleasure of your company at a drinks party, next Saturday evening)? I guess this invitation is birthday invitation, am I right?.
Best regards,

Hello Mohamed,

Yes, this is an invitation, but to a drinks party. The drinks party could be a birthday party as well, but that isn't clear from just this sentence. 

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Very useful, indeed. It is sometimes difficult to say no, specially in cultures like mine.

Can I mark this lesson as a completed ?

Hello clobo,

We don't keep a record of who has completed which parts of the site. Sometimes it's good to go back and do some tasks again to see if you remember how to do them, or if you have improved. If you want to keep a record of what you have done then you'll need to do that yourself.


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Hi. That was very useful because they speak Authentique English, which is what we need exactly in learning languages. If you could please add subtitles to the video so that we can read as we listen, and thank you very much.

Hi Osfore,

Thank you for the suggestion. At the moment the videos do not have subtitles, as you know, but we do provide a transcript which you can read while you listen or watch.

It is possible that we will add subtitles to future videos but this is a question for our technical team when we next upgrade the site.


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The LearnEnglish Team