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    decline , refuse, reject and turn down

    How can I use them properly and politely?




    thanks inadvance!

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    The politest thing, I suppose, would be to use decline instead of refuse or reject or even turn down. Example: "I am afraid I am going to have you decline your offer." Is that the kind of thing you had in mind?

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    One of my students was surprised when a British bank said 'It's a decline' when he asked for a credit card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    One of my students was surprised when a British bank said 'It's a decline' when he asked for a credit card.
    That must be a new usage.

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    I suppose they are trying to put a positive spin and not sound, err, negative. He wondered what had happened to 'no'. He also wondered why they wouldn't given that he was a businessman being sponsored to do an MBA here. ;-|

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