Speaking Exercise: How to say "no" at work

What can you say if your boss or colleague asks you to do something – and you want to refuse? Here are some ways to say "no" without making your boss angry or causing offence!

Level: Intermediate and above

1. Your boss invites you to a weekend event, but you don't want to go. You say, ''I'm really sorry, but__''
2. Your boss asks you to do a new project. You don't have enough time, so you say: __
3. Your colleague leaves work early and asks you to keep it secret. You aren't happy about that and say, ''Well, ...''
4. Your boss asks you to stay late at work. You've already got an appointment for after work and you say: ''I'm really sorry, but...''
5. Your colleague invites you out after work. You just want to go home and relax and you say: __
6. Your boss asks you to do something you don't think is in your job description - and you don't have time to do it. You say: __
7. A colleague asks for your help. You're very busy so you say, ''I'm sorry, but...''
8. Your colleagues are organising a karaoke evening and invite you. You hate karaoke and can't think of a worse way to spend your evening! You say: __
9. A colleague asks to borrow some money for lunch. You don't want to lend him / her money so say: ''I'm sorry, but__''
10. Your boss gave you a report to write and says to you, ''Have you finished it yet?'' You haven't - and you say: __




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