Pass and Decline

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Pass and Decline

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:11 pm

A: Are women as visually stimulated as men?

B: Women aren't as exclusively visually stimulated as men are, no. Though looks have always been important to me, I would never be attracted to a guy who isn't intelligent and articulate, no matter how good he looked. He could have the face and body of a Greek god, but if he doesn't have the brain to match, I'll pass.

- Hi guys! Is it totally natural to say "I'm afraid I'll have to decline" instead of "I'll pass" in this situation?

Thanks so much!

StevenLoan
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Re: Pass and Decline

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:22 am

"I'm afraid I'll have to decline" is perfectly fine, but it's a super-polite formulation.

In this instance the politeness would be unnecessary, because the speaker is reporting what she would do in a hypothetical situation, not actually declining a potential date or hook-up to their face.

In conversation, it would be more usual to say "I'll pass", "I'll say 'No thanks' ", or something else along similar lines.
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Re: Pass and Decline

Post by Stevenloan » Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:28 pm

Erik : Thanks a lot for your answer. It really helps.

StevenLoan
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