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  1. zhengl_2000
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    Let me off?

    Example:

    I was in a party. The host asked everyone to sing a song but
    I am not good at singing and my voice is not good either.
    So I said" let me off."

    What I meant is let others sing not me.

    what is the best way to say in this kind of circumstance?


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    I'd rather not
    I got a sore throat (headache can work too)
    My mother died while she was singing
    My religion forbids singing.

    Or you can simply burst out crying and run to the restroom.

    FRC

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    Re: Let me off?

    Quote Originally Posted by zhengl_2000
    Example:

    I was in a party. The host asked everyone to sing a song but
    I am not good at singing and my voice is not good either.
    So I said" let me off."

    What I meant is let others sing not me.

    what is the best way to say in this kind of circumstance?
    Here's the phrase you're looking for,

    Count me out, please. :D There's also I'll pass or I'd like to pass (on this one). :D

    The opposite of count me out is count me in. :D

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    Re: Let me off?

    Quote Originally Posted by zhengl_2000
    Example:

    I was in a party. The host asked everyone to sing a song but
    I am not good at singing and my voice is not good either.
    So I said" let me off."

    What I meant is let others sing not me.

    what is the best way to say in this kind of circumstance?
    "Let me off the hook" would also work. :wink:

  4. zhengl_2000
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    Re: Let me off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by zhengl_2000
    Example:

    I was in a party. The host asked everyone to sing a song but
    I am not good at singing and my voice is not good either.
    So I said" let me off."

    What I meant is let others sing not me.

    what is the best way to say in this kind of circumstance?
    Here's the phrase you're looking for,

    Count me out, please. :D There's also I'll pass or I'd like to pass (on this one). :D

    The opposite of count me out is count me in. :D

    =====================================

    Maybe my example was not what I really want to describe.

    what i meant is that sometime people ask you to do sth.
    you are reluctant to do.

    Like at a party that people there are all friends , one guy said:"
    Zhengl , sing an English song for us". I waved my hand and said" No, No
    x????????? xI am not good at singing."

    What should I say here x???????x ?

    And what does it mean:
    Let me off this time.

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    Re: Let me off?

    Quote Originally Posted by zhengl_2000
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by zhengl_2000
    Example:

    I was in a party. The host asked everyone to sing a song but
    I am not good at singing and my voice is not good either.
    So I said" let me off."

    What I meant is let others sing not me.

    what is the best way to say in this kind of circumstance?
    Here's the phrase you're looking for,

    Count me out, please. :D There's also I'll pass or I'd like to pass (on this one). :D

    The opposite of count me out is count me in. :D

    =====================================

    Maybe my example was not what I really want to describe.

    what i meant is that sometime people ask you to do sth.
    you are reluctant to do.

    Like at a party that people there are all friends , one guy said:"
    Zhengl , sing an English song for us". I waved my hand and said" No, No
    x????????? xI am not good at singing."

    What should I say here x???????x ?

    And what does it mean:
    Let me off this time.
    Friend: Zhengl, sing an English song for us.
    Zhengl: I would rather not, thank you. (I'm not a great singer / I'm too shy.)

    Let me off the hook
    Imagine a fish on a fisherman's hook. The fish says, "Let me off (the hook) this (one) time. Let me go free; I don't want to be on your hook. I know I bit your hook (i.e. I made a commitment), but now I don't want to commit myself. I don't want to do it; I want to be free."

    All the best, :D

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