7 Ways of Saying “No” in English

Sometimes you have to say “no” to someone, but how do you do it without always saying “no”?

Find out how and when to use these 7 common ways of saying “no” in English:

  1. No, thanks
  2. No, but thanks for asking.
  3. I’m good
  4. Uh-uh
  5. Nope
  6. No way!
  7. Not in a million years

Learn more about using some of these phrases in Daily English 689 – Listening to a Political Speech and Daily English 967 – Feeling Embarrassed.


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