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Is it okay to say, " Sorry, I have another engagement" if someone invited you for dinner or lunch?

It meant that I needed to go somewhere else to meet a friend or see a movie or be invited to another party.

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Hi,

A slightly different form of this is to say " Sorry, I have a previous engagement." This stresses that you have already made a commitment to someone else.

Best wishes, Clive
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Yes, you could say this.

It is a somewhat formal way of saying that you have other plans.
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Hi, Nef and Clive.

"Sorry, I have a previous engagement." Here, does 'engagement' mean an agreement between two people to marry?

It has different meaning from the one in discussion, hasn't it? (I have another engagement = I have another plan vs. I have a previous engagement = I'm engaged)

Thanks for your replies.

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Hi,

"Sorry, I have a previous engagement." Here, does 'engagement' mean an agreement between two people to marry?

Basically, to have an engagement means to have an appointment or commitment. In other words, I am busy with something/somebody. Thus, in a sense it can refer to both 'being busy' and 'love/marriage'. Usually, the context will make things very clear. eg

Q: Can you come for dinner on Saturday? A: Sorry, I can't, I have a previous engagment.

With regard to love/marriage, we usually say 'I am engaged' rather than 'I have an engagement'.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi, Clive.

Thanks for your clear explanations.