Accepting And Refusing An Invitation
It can sometimes be difficult to accept, refuse and extend an invitation. In a situation where someone is new to the English language or the Western culture; understanding the custom and finding the right vocabulary can sometimes be a challenge. Accepting and declining an invitation will vary depending on the occasion. There are many ways to extend an invitation. One can extend an invitation formally ( by mail or email) or informally (by mail, email, phone, texting, or face to face, which is done verbally). We are going to take a look at some expressions or phrases one can use when accepting, declining or extending an invitation.
Extending an Invitation:
“Jake (Your would like to invite (name of person being invited) to dinner on (date) at (time). R.S.V.P.
(respondez s’il vous plait).”
Declining an Invitation:
“(Your name), regretfully decline (name of invitee) invitation to dinner on (date) at (time).”
Accepting an Invitation:
“(Your name) accepts (name of invitee) kind invitation to dinner on (date) at (time).”
“Would you like to come to ________?” “I would like to invite you to
Accepting by telephone:
“Thank you for thinking of me, I would love to come!”
“I would love to come! But let me check my calendar first and get back to you.”
Declining An Invitation:
“I need some time to think about it/check my calendar. I will have to call you back.”
“Thanks for thinking of me, but I have (made) other plans.”
Extending an Invitation (usually a note written in the first person):
“I would like to invite you to (occasion) on (date) at (time).
I would love to have you as my guest.”
Replying to an invitation by mail/text/email:
“I would love to be there!/I would love to come! Thanks for the invite/for thinking of me. (Keep me posted if there are any changes).”
Declining an invitation by mail/text/email:
“I have (made other) plans. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it. Thanks for the invite/invitation.”
Use the dialog below to practice the forms above.
Michelle is throwing a birthday party and has decided to invite her friends by telephone. Michelle is calling the first friend on the list; Jake, to invite him to her party.
Michelle: Hi Jake! How are you?
Jake: Good! What’s up?
Michelle: Well, I have made the final arrangements for the birthday party I’m
throwing this year and I am now calling everyone on my list.
Jake: That’s good to hear.
Michelle: I would like to invite you to my birthday party on Halloween, of course. It’s at 7pm (in the evening).
Jake: I would love to come. Please hold on a minute while I check my calendar.
(Jake returns to the phone).
Jake: I am available, however, I won’t be there until 8:30 pm, because I have an evening lecture. Thanks for thinking of me!
Michelle: My pleasure! I will see you there. Call me if there are any changes.
Jake: No problem.
Michelle: Great! Bye for now.
Think of an event or occasion and use the forms above to practice/role play with a friend.
You: Hi (name of friend). I would like to _________________ (use the form above).
Your friend: _____________________ (Use the form above to accept or decline).