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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 Vandana Insan,

You can find the transcript just under the video window. Look for 'Transcript' on the page and click it to see the full script.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

It's good but so fast.
Anyway what does this phrase mean “Josh and Henrietta would like to have the pleasure of your company at a drinks party, next Saturday evening...”. I couldn't understand it, thanks.

Hello sami1417,

This is an invitation. It's a formal phrasing used often for weddings and so on. It means the same as '...invite you to...'

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

so amusing

well this is a good lesson . I learned how to turn down such things .

Yeha ..Geni Rufino

Hi people!

I'm new here. I be happy for this. I think this site is very good for improve my English.
See you

"Be called in sick" is the reason for me to turn down the invitation :)

IT' good absolutely

Hy, it´s so fine. Thanks a lot Kirk