Useful Expression for Spoken English: Avoiding giving information

Sometimes somebody asks you a question and you don’t want to give the answer. If you know the answer but you don’t want them to know, you can use one of these ten phrases.

  1. No comment.

Expression 1 is often used by politicians and celebrities when they are asked difficult or embarrassing questions by journalists.

  1. I’m not at liberty to say.

Expression 2 shows that you do not have the authority to give the information.

  1. Wait and see.

Expression 3 is refusing to give an answer when the result is coming near in future. We also use this expression when we are planning a surprise.

  1. Let me get back to you.

We use this expression when we don’t the answer but you are telling you will give the answer same time letter.

  1. I’m sorry, that’s confidential.

Expression 5 is used by official persons when the data is very important.

  1. (Sorry) That’s personal.

Expression 6 is telling the other person that you consider the information to be private. You are also criticizing the other person for asking.

  1. I’d rather not talk about it.

Expression 7 is a very polite way to tell someone that you don’t want to share the information. When there is something privet and you don’t want to share this you can use this expression.

  1. Mind your own business.

Expression 8 is not a polite way to avoid someone. Sometimes when you are angry and don’t want to share your private information you can use this expression. Here you also criticizing other people for asking you.

  1. Never you mind.

Expression 9 is just like expression 8. It’s not a polite way to avoid someone’s question and also you are criticizing the person for asking you.

  1. I’ll tell you when you’re older.

Parents often say phrase 10 to their children to avoid answering difficult or embarrassing questions. Usually, they have no intention of ever answering the question.



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