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Refuse, reject, deny

np36Super Member!

Thailand

Dear Teacher,

             May I ask how can I use "refuse, reject, deny"? Is there any difference? And my second question is whether this sentence is correct or not. "He was graduated from the same high school as me." Thank you very much.

np36

11:11 PM Dec 18 2008 |

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Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Hi! Refuse, reject & deny are similar. They all basically mean to say no to something. But we usually refuse objects, whereas we reject ideas or beliefs. To deny means to say that something is untrue. 

 

As for your second question, it's correct to say "He graduated from the same high school as me." "Graduated" is the past tense of "graduate," so you don't need to use the verb "was."  

Thanks!! 

02:45 AM Dec 20 2008 |

np36Super Member!

Thailand

Thank you very much. So if I would like to say no to invitation. Can I say, "I refused her invitation"?

np36

05:33 AM Dec 20 2008 |

Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Yes, "refuse" is correct in that situation. You've got it! Smile 

You could also say "I turned down her invitation" or "I declined her invitation."

07:18 PM Dec 20 2008 |