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Polite speech

When native speakers of English give a negative answer they do not usually just say "no". They prefer to make the response more polite by adding words or using different phrases to show they are saying no.

Match the the questions on the left with an appropriate response on the right:

1. Do you mind if I smoke? a. No, thank you.
2. Do you like the new plan? b. It might not be very convenient for the others.
3. Would you like to come to dinner? c. I'd rather you didn't.
4. How about postponing the meeting? d. I'd love to, but I'm afraid I'm busy.
5. Would you like some coffee? e. Well, not really I'm afraid.

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