Invitations and how to invite people English lesson

What will I learn from the lesson on invitations?

During this lesson you learn the basic on how to invite people in a formal and informal way. The lesson also covers how to accept invitations and how to decline them in a polite way.

Formal invatations

Formal is a more polite way of asking for people you don't know that well

I was wondering if you would like to join us for a meal. Perhaps you would like to have dinner at my home. Perhaps you would like to come round for a meal.

We would like to invite you to dinner.

I thought you might like to try some of our local cuisine.

There’s a really nice place just a few minutes from here.

There’s a pretty good place you might like which specializes in steaks.

There’s a really nice place just a few  down the road. 

There’s a really nice place just  round the corner. invitations how to invite accept and decline English lesson

There’s a great new place with a fantastic view of the city.

Informal invitations

Informal is a less polite way of asking for people normally used for friends and family

Why not come round for a drink? What about going out for a meal? Why not join us for a drink?

Fancy going for a drink/ a meal?

There’s a really nice place just a few minutes from here/ round the corner. Shall we meet later tonight to discuss it over dinner?

Let’s discuss it later over a drink.

Accepting an invitation

That’s very kind of you. Thank you for inviting me. I’d like that very much.

I’d be delighted to come.

Thank you. That’d be very nice. I’ll look forward to it.

Yes, please. Thanks.

That’s/ What a good idea. That sounds good/ fun.

Setting the details for your invitation

What time should I come?

Where shall we meet?

Shall I pick you up?

What time?

Where shall I pick you up?invitations how to invite accept and decline

Shall we meet at half past seven? Say at half past seven.

How to decline an invitation

Thank you very much,  but I’m afraid I can’t come.

That’s very kind of you, unfortunately I have arranged something else.

That’s very kind of you, but I won’t be here tomorrow.

That’s very kind of you, unfortunately I’m busy on Tuesday.

Thanks, but I won’t be able to make it then.

No, thank you.

No,  thanks.

I’m all right, thanks.

I can manage.

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