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Hi

Would you say that these work naturally? In our culture, the first sentence would be considered rude.

  1. He asked me for a lift to the end of the road, but I said no.
  2. He asked me for a lift to the end of the road, but I declined.
  3. He asked me for a lift to the end of the road, but I apologised.

Thanks,

Tom

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#2 and #3 do not work.


#1 He asked me for a lift to the end of the road, but I said ''no'.

If you say 'no' to the person who asks. it could sound rude to him. We typically soften it by saying eg I'm sorry, but I can't do that'.

A lot depends on the circumstances. eg Do you know him? eg Are you a woman on a dark, secluded road?

Your sentences all report what happened to some other person. Reported speech will not always sound rude when you are speaking to someone else.

Clive

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Thanks, Clive.

One more question please. What about refuse? Is it as good as 'no'?

He asked me for a lift to the end of the road, but I refused.

Tom

Yes, maybe better than 'no'.