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    flytothesky is offline Member
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    Talking I have a previous engagement?

    Hello~ Would you help me with saying this naturally please?

    A: Hey, why don't we have a dinner together tonight?

    B: Oh, Sorry, I have a previous engagement with other friends.
    Can we make it next time?

    A: Oh, yea Christmast spirit, everyone has engagements.
    Can I join there? Have pitty on me?

    B: Let me ask them first. ok?

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    pyoung is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: I have a previous engagement?

    Dear Fly:

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Hello~ Would you help me with saying this naturally please?

    A: Hey, why don't we have a dinner together tonight?

    B: Oh, Sorry, I have a previous engagement with other friends. I have a previous engagementis a formula that exempts you from explaining any further. (It might also keep your friend from begging an invitation!)
    Another way to say this is: Sorry, I've already made other plans.[full stop. You do not need to tell your friend anything else.]
    Yet another possibility: Sorry, but I'm busy tonight.
    Can we make it next time?

    A: Oh, yea Christmast spirit, everyone has engagements.
    Can I join there? Have pitty on me?

    B: Let me ask them first. ok?
    Petra

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