How to Make, Accept, and Decline an Invitation in English

How to Make, Accept, and Decline an Invitation in English

Formal situation.

aking invitation.

Would you like to…?
I would be pleased if…?
We would be delighted if you…?
Would you care to..?
We would be pleased if you could…?
I’d very much like you to…

Accepting invitation.

That’s very kind of you.
We’d very much like to ….
What a delightful idea.
With the greatest pleasure.
Thank you very much for inviting me.
It’s delightful to ….

Declining invitation.

I’m very sorry, I don’t think I can.
I’d like to, but ….
I’m afraid I’ve already promised ….
Thank you for asking me, but ….
Unfortunately, I can’t ….

Informal situation.

Making invitation.

Why don’t you come to…
Like to come to …
Come and …
Shall we come to …
You must come to …
How about tomorrow morning?
Let’s meet at … o’clock.

Accepting invitation.

I would/will …
That would be very nice.
OK, I will be there!
I’d like love to come.
All right (then).
Sure, I am coming.

Declining invitation.

Sorry, I can’t.
I’d love to, but …
I don’t think I can.
I wish I could, but …
Sorry, I am swamped
Sorry, maybe next time.
Thank you, but I can’t.
Sorry, I don’t think I can make it.
I’m so sorry I can't make it.

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