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    I don't want to bother you by being at your home.

    Hello friends,
    Suppose that I want travel to China and I have a Chinese friend there in Beijing. He tells me that when I arrive at there I shouldn't go to the hotel and should stay at her home. And I want to tell her a sentence as a compliment.
    I myself have made a dialogue but I don't know which one of the correct sentences would be common or natural.
    How would you say the blue part if you were me?

    She: If you come here you can stay at my home.
    1. Me: No, thank you. I'll go to the hotel. I don't Want to be a nuisance to you.
    2. Me: No, thank you. I'll go to the hotel. I don't want to bother you by being at your home.
    3. Me: No, thank you. I'll go to the hotel. I don't want to bother you.

    Note: (I will stay at her home if she insists a lot.)

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: I don't want to bother you by being at your home.

    Either of those is fine, although 2 sounds a bit wrong to me. Also, it's common in this sort of polite rejection to keep personalities out of it - just 'I don't want to be a nuisance'/ 'I don't want to be any bother' /'I don't want to cause any disruption'/'I don't want to impose'...

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    Re: I don't want to bother you by being at your home.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Either of those is fine
    Thanks for answering but we usually use "either" when we talk about two things.
    Then, isn't it incorrect to use the word "either of those" for my three sentences?

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    Re: I don't want to bother you by being at your home.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thanks for answering but we usually use "either" when we talk about two things.
    Then, isn't it incorrect to use the word "either of those" for my three sentences?
    No, it's not incorrect.

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    Re: I don't want to bother you by being at your home.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, it's not incorrect.
    Thanks for answering but if we don't use "either" only for two things being talked about?

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    Re: I don't want to bother you by being at your home.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'I don't want to impose'
    Thanks for answering but it seems to be odd. "Impose what?"
    I mean after "impose" we should mention something. Shouldn't we?

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    Re: I don't want to bother you by being at your home.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thanks for answering but it seems to be odd. "Impose what?"
    I mean after "impose" we should mention something. Shouldn't we?
    Have a look here: impose verb (EXPECT) - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

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    Re: I don't want to bother you by being at your home.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thanks for answering but if we don't use "either" only for two things being talked about?
    I have said that it's correct. If we could only use "either" with two things it wouldn't be correct, would it?

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    Re: I don't want to bother you by being at your home.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thanks for answering but we usually use "either" when we talk about two things.
    Then, isn't it incorrect to use the word "either of those" for my three sentences?
    From the responses you have received to this question I suspect there may some difference between BrE and AmE. In AmE, the traditional rule is that "either" is used for one of two options, when it is used as an adjective or pronoun. If there are more than two options, we tend to use "any". It is different when "either" is used as a conjunction.

    See the usage note here: either - definition of either by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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