Polite: Please don't ask me that.
Impolite: That is none of your business.
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Sometimes somebody asks you a question tht you don't like or don't want to answer and the answer is private.
1 What's the polite way to refuse the question?
2 What's the conservative way to refuse the question?
3 What's the impolite way to refuse the question?
Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Sep-2014 at 08:03. Reason: Improving format.
1. 'I'm sorry; I don't wish to answer that.'
2. 'I'm not going to answer that.'
3. 'Mind your own business'/'That's for me to know and you to find out.'
Is it blunt to say 'I would not like to answer private questions'?
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It's short and to the point. I suppose you could describe that as blunt. However, I don't like the use of "private questions". The questions aren't private - the answers are.
I don't want to answer any personal questions.
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That sounds like something you would say in a legal interview.
My mom used to say "Are you writing a book?"
Then follow with "Well, leave that chapter out."
I'd rather not answer that.
If you're at a job interview and you're confident enough to say it, you could use "I'm sorry, but I can't see how that is relevant to my suitability for this job".