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How to turn down an invitation

Learn how to say 'no' to a formal invitation.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the task. You can read the transcript at any time.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi Renee918,
Thank you for the nice comment - it's always good to hear that the site is helping people learn.  In answer to your questions:

  1. The meaning is the same, but 'you've got to' is quite informal and used more often in spoken than written English
  2. It's true that the contracted have ('ve) is very weak in the phrase but it's still there in most dialects.  In some dialects - I think in some American dialects, for example - the pronunciation is as you suggest.  In my (UK) dialect, though, it is definitely 'you've got to' with a weak 'you' and a weak 'to', and the 'got' and 'to' run together.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

really nice i like it that what i want

 will i get transcript  ?

Hello mdjana!
Try clicking on the link that says "Transcript"! That will show you the script for the episode.
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team


I need to download a transcript :D

Oh, it's difficult for me to catch what they said because they talked so fast.
What a pity!

Hello!!! I really like the videos.They are so helpful :)

This site is very interesting. I think that learners get a lot of information about the English language.

Hello gulus1998!
Welcome to the site, and I'm glad you think it's useful. We always like to know that our site helps people!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team