How to Make, Accept and Decline Invitations in English

Today we are going to learn how to make, accept and decline invitations in English.

As the title indicates, you need to know three important things to manage this skill well:

#1How to make Invitations
#2How to accept invitations
#3How to decline invitations

Now let’s check each one of the subtopics so you can make, accept and decline invitations well.

Making Invitations in English

These are some of the most common ways to make invitations in English

Do you want to…?

  • Do you want to go to the movies tonight?
  • Do you want to go to the beach tomorrow?
  • Do you want to play soccer with us tonight?
  • Do you want to go running with use tomorrow morning?
  • Do you want to go to a conference?
  • Do you want to listen to another webinar?

Would you like to?

  • Would you like to go to the swimming pool?
  • Would you like to play soccer with us ?
  • Would you like to go to the Maroon 5 concert?
  • Would you like to have lunch with us ?
  • Would you like to attend to the meeting?
  • Would you like to play video games tonight?
  • Would you like to work with me on the cybersecurity project?
  • Would you like to  develop software  for a company  with me?

Wanna…?

  • Wanna go to the beach?
  • Wanna go to the theater with us?
  • Wanna play soccer with us?
  • Wanna go camping with the Smiths?
  • Wanna have lunch with me?
  • Wanna go to the park to eat pizza?
  • Wanna have a date with me?
  • Wanna eat fried chicken for dinner?
  • Wanna go and watch a movie tonight ?

Let’s …?

  • Let’s go to the beach
  • Let’s go to the party
  • Let’s go camping with our classmates
  • Let’s play basketball tomorrow afternoon
  • Let’s have a beer after work
  • Let’s have a date next Saturday

Why don’t we …?

  • Why don’t we go to the mall?
  • Why don’t we start going to dancing classes?
  • Why don’t we play chess tonight?
  • Why don’t we go to the park?
  • Why don’t we grab a beer after work?

How about …?

  • How about going to the restaurant?
  • How about having a coffee later tonight?
  • How about going out tonight?
  • How about watching survivor tonight?
  • How about taking some programming classes?
  • How about working in the morning?
  • How about playing soccer on the beach?
  • How about we play soccer on the beach?

Accepting Invitations in English

These are some common ways to accept invitations in English

  • Sure. What time?
  • I’d love to, thanks
  • Sounds good
  • Sounds great
  • That sounds great, thank you.
  • What a great idea, thank you.
  • That sounds like fun
  • That would be nice, thank you
  • Sure, that would be great
  • I’d love to, thanks.
  • That’s a great idea

Declining Invitations in English

These are some common ways to refuse or decline invitations in English

  • I can’t. I have to work.
  • I have to work
  • I have classes at night
  • I have to get up early the next morning
  • I need to stay home with my new puppy
  • My Favorite TV show is on that night
  • My parents are visiting me that night
  • I am not feeling well
  • I can’t find a baby sitter
  • I have an appointment this afternoon
  • I’m busy tomorrow.
  • I have a test tomorrow
  • Well, I’d love to, but I already have plans
  • I’m really sorry, but I have something else to do
  • Maybe another time
  • Thanks for your invitation but I am kinda busy
  • I am afraid I am busy tomorrow
  • Sorry but I can’t accept your invitation
  • I have other plans for tonight

Exchanges: Make, Accept and Decline Invitations

These are some exchanges to make, accept and decline invitations

  • Would you like to go to the beach with us tomorrow?
  • Sorry but I have a medical appointment tomorrow
  • How about going to the movies?
  • Sure, that sounds like a great idea
  • Do you want to go and watch the game?
  • I am so sorry but I have to work tonight
  • Why don’t we go to the mall?
  • I’d love to. Pick me up at 7
  • Why don’t we go for a beer after work?
  • Sorry but I have classes after work

Additional Information When Accepting Invitations

These are some questions you can make after accepting an invitation

#1Where can we meet?
#2What time?
#3Is a free training?
#4Where do you want to go?
#5What place do you recommend?

Dialogue: Make, Accept and Decline Invitations

This is a short dialogue so you can practice and maybe create your own

Lynn: Say, Miguel, what are you doing tonight? Do you want to go bowling?
Miguel: I’d love to, but I can’t. I’m going to a soccer match with my brother.
Lynn: Oh, well, maybe some other time.
Miguel: Are you doing anything tomorrow? We could go then.
Lynn:  Tomorrow sounds fine. I’m going to work until five.
Miguel: So let’s go around six.
Lynn: OK. Afterward, maybe we can get some dinner.
Miguel: Sounds great.

Related Information

I hope that you have found all that you needed to know about how to make invitations in English

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