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Vocabulary Tricks Part 3: Declining Invitation Gracefully

Published on Thursday, January 26, 2017

The vocabulary covered in the article is useful for declining formal invitations. Try to guess the highlighted words while reading.

I have received a job offer from your company. I would like to express my gratitude for such an offer. However, I am declining your generous invitation with the deepest regret.

I must appreciate the extensive effort made by your staff in organizing the interview. Their attitude was highly commendable. Your offer was also substantial but I cannot sever the bonds with my current company due to some reasons. Firstly, your company is at outskirts of the city due to which a lot of time would waste in commuting. Moreover, I am content with my present job as my seniors have always supported me and fostered my career.
I apologize for the inconvenience caused.



Meaning: The quality of being thankful
  • She expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support
  • All farmers expressed a deep sense of gratitude for the thought given by the club.
Synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, recognition


Meaning: Politely refuse
  • He declined my request on social networking site.
  • She declined the coffee.
Synonyms: turn down, reject


Meaning: Showing kindness towards others
  • She is kind, generous and good-natured.
  • His family is very generous towards me.
Synonyms: good-natured, kind-hearted, tender-hearted, warm-hearted


Meaning: Feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over
  • She immediately regretted her words.
  • I regret I can't come to the party.
Synonyms: be sorry about, feel apologetic about


Meaning: Large in amount or scale
  • An extensive collection of silver
  • He is doing an extensive research in this field.
Synonyms: comprehensive, thorough, complete, exhaustive


Meaning: Deserving praise
  • Steps taken by them are highly commendable.
  • There is a great interest in the swimming competition, which is highly commendable.
Synonyms: admirable, praiseworthy, laudable


Meaning: Of considerable importance, size, or worth
  • There is a substantial amount of imported food in this country.
  • This finding is substantial considering the small size of the sample.
Synonyms: considerable, real, significant


Meaning: Put an end to (a connection or relationship); break off
  • You have to sever the bonds with other companies in order to work with our organization.
  • Even if he faced a divorce from his wife, he didn't have to sever his relationship with his children.
Synonyms: break off, discontinue, suspend


Meaning: The outer parts of a town or city
  • He built a new factory on the outskirts of the city.
  • Our hotel was in a suburb on the outskirts of the city.
Synonyms: outlying districts, edges, fringes, suburbs


Meaning: Travel some distance between one's home and place of work on a regular basis
  • Many people spend much of their working week travelling in cars, trains, etc. commuting to and from their places of employment.
  • He has been commuting to London on a weekly basis for four years.
Synonyms: travel to and from work, travel to and fro, travel back and forth


Meaning: In a state of peaceful happiness
  • They both are content with each other.
  • She looked content and comfortable.
Synonyms: satisfied, pleased


Meaning: Encourage the development
  • Online writing workshops, discussion sites, and newsletters also foster a sense of writing community.
  • The temple can serve to foster spiritual growth and development.
Synonyms: encourage, promote, further, stimulate


Meaning: Feeling something for something that one has done wrong
  • I must apologize for disturbing you like this.
  • We apologize to him for our error.
Synonyms: say sorry, express regret


Meaning: Trouble or difficulty
  • It is going to cause hardship and inconvenience to many people.
  • We regret the inconvenience caused.
Synonyms: trouble, bother, problems, disruption, nuisance
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