How to say ‘NO’!

Do you know how to say ‘no’? Sometimes it can be difficult! Especially if someone really pushes for you to say ‘yes’.

Today, let’s look at a common way to say ‘no’. It is also polite!

“No thanks, I’m alright.”  OR “No thanks, I’m right.


Q: Would you like some tea?

A: No thank you.

Q: Oh, go on! It is very nice tea!

A: No really, thank you, but I’m alright.

Remember: It is okay to say ‘no’. In fact, I think it is very important to say ‘no’! If you say ‘yes’ all the time, people will treat you badly!

Today’s sentence is a very clear, polite way to say ‘no’. Try it for yourself!

Question: Do you know any other ways to say ‘no’ politely?

Practice: Would you like some beer?

Put your answer in the comments!

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78 Responses to Can you say no?

  1. Sami says:

    No, thanks, I am alright

  2. ROBERTO says:


  3. Robert says:

    Robert says No thanks Please some lesson 4 per week it is oky

  4. John says:

    Hi Robert

    I am glad to see you want more lessons! A lot more are coming soon!

  5. anu says:

    No,thank you,I am fine.

  6. Ori says:

    No, Thank you

  7. s@r@ says:

    I would like to have some, but I am sorry I feel dizzy ^_*

  8. Johnny says:

    No,thank you!I have to drive,I can\’t have too much.

  9. mohaned says:

    no thanks

  10. roberta says:

    oh no thanks, you are very kind, but I’ve just finished one and I must drive to home…it will be next time….

  11. krishnan says:

    no thanks

  12. rosheil says:

    Thanks for the offer but lets drink sometime I still have hangover.

  13. kazem says:

    no thank you a lot , I can’t drink it , it has a malodor taste.

    • John says:

      Hi Kazeem.

      Good effort. You should not use the word ‘malodor’ here. Instead, use you could use words such as: horrible, terrible, foul.

      I don’t drink. It tastes horrible.
      It tastes terrible.
      It is foul.

  14. nasser says:

    No thanks, I am alright

  15. Julie. says:

    I really appreciate that, but no, thanks. You are very kind.

  16. mai says:

    Thank you for your offer but I can’t. I’m allergic to alcohol.

  17. abdal says:

    Yes,Please it is good to have too much in cold days.

  18. hakim says:

    No Thank you very much but I stopped alcohol since last summer

    • John says:

      Great try Hakim. The correct sentence is:

      No, thank you very much but I have stopped drinking. I haven’t drunk any alcohol since last summer.


  19. sam says:

    Thanks for asking,i dont take caffeine too much, i drink tea only once a day.

    • John says:

      Hi Sam
      Your answer is clear!
      Perhaps it would be better to say:

      “Thanks for asking, but I don’t like to drink too much caffeine. I only drink tea once a day.”

      Is your answer real? I also don’t like to drink too much caffeine!

  20. pinklee says:

    Thank you very much for your tea but I am quite full.Actually in HK I did meet those very pushy sales girls.Once you take one cloth and ready to pay and the sales girl will tell you if you buy two you will have another discount for the next item. So usually I will tell them I am sorry i just have the amount of money to pay for the one.If you tell them you don’t like the item they will bring another to you or tell you other itwm also have the same discount.

    • John says:

      Ha ha! Yes, I have had the same experience pink!
      One time a salesman hit me because I wouldn’t buy his stuff. It wasn’t a serious hit, but he was very frustrated!

  21. pinklee says:

    I think no matter how they dislike they shouldn’t have hit you!!You can call for the police and write to the consumer council if this happen in HK.

  22. ml fernando says:

    No thanks I wont take alcohol can i have some tea or cofee please

  23. ml fernando says:

    i want speak english fluently but couldn’t how can i improve my english speaking skill
    Play Audio Comment

    • John says:

      Great work ml!

      You speak very clearly! Your recording is great!

      The best way to improve is to practice.

      Have you joined my discussion forum and chat room yet?

  24. ml fernando says:

    I want join in discussion form and chat room but i couldn’t open it

  25. ml fernando says:

    I want join in discussion form and chat room but i couldn\’t open it

  26. suzy farg says:

    Thank you ,I have some pains in my stomach.

  27. suzy farg says:

    No, Thank you ,I have some pains in my stomach.

    • John says:

      Good answer… but do you really have pains? If you say this, the person will worry about you and try to help you.

      It is probably better to just say ‘No thanks’ than to say something that isn’t true. If you say something that isn’t true it will create more trouble for yourself!

  28. Naira says:

    Hi John.thank you for this lesson.I think it is very important lesson,and expecially for me,because it is very difficult to say no for me.I think when you say no,very polite person can understand and reapet once and stop.

  29. taro says:

    Beer? Oh, I don’t like to drink something like piss of yeast fungi.
    I’m sorry if my words hart your feelings. Just I don’t want to drink beer.
    Besides, it’s impossible for me to understand those who drink beer.
    I’m sorry. please let me alone.

    • John says:

      Wow Taro!
      Those words are quite strong! Especially when you say “piss of yeast fungi” and “please let me alone”

      I think if you went out with someone for dinner and you said that, they may not ask you ever again!

      I would suggest something lighter and more friendly!

      • taro says:

        Hello John,

        Thank you for your reply. I will try to use lighter words.

        No, I want to drink beer if possible, but tonight I came to this pub alone in a car.
        As I don’t want to be penalized by police, I can’t drink any beer. Sorry.

  30. sara says:


  31. samira says:

    No,thanks . i am alright

  32. samira says:

    would you tell me what’s the difference between Australian English and Br or Am English?

    • John says:

      Hi Samira
      They main difference between US and Australian English is the pronunciation and also some vocabulary.

      However, most Australians can understand 100% of what Americans say.

      Australian English is very much the same as British English as far as words and spelling, but the pronunciation is a bit different.

      Most language learners cannot tell the difference between these different English accents at first. But over time they can.

      Which accent do you prefer Samira?

  33. agnes aguilar says:

    No, thank you. I dont drink beer, could you give me a glass of pineapple juice instead, please?

  34. Sahar says:

    Hello my teacher John,
    It’s really a nice lesson. And I loved the stories..lol. Especially the first story about the t-shirt. 😀 That’s really happens to us sometimes. xD I’d like to share with you and all visitors this video: http://www.engvid.com/polite-english-saying-yes-no/ Best wishes!

  35. mansureh says:

    oh tanks but I didn’t drink any alcohol

  36. Shahab says:

    Thanks a lot. May be some other time.

  37. Sabry says:

    Not really, thank you. I’m alright

  38. jasmeen says:

    no, thank you. I am alright.

  39. raj says:

    no really,thank you.

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