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How to say 'I don't want to'

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A couple of weeks ago, I made the mistake of mentioning to a health-nut friend of mine that, with summer well on its way, I might possibly, perhaps, just maybe...

Think about the idea of trying to get into shape before the heat forced the shirt off my back. I thought it might be nice, just for once, to be able to take off my top on a public beach without looking like the only watermelon in a fruit bowl of bananas. Unfortunately, my friend all-to-enthusiastically agreed, and the very next day, presented me with a very nicely typed out exercise regime which, to my horror, contained words such as 'jogging' and 'crunches'.


As far as I'm concerned, the dictionary definition of the word 'crazy' should, by law, include a picture of somebody jogging. And what on earth is a 'crunch', anyway? This was definitely not the air-conditioned gym with jacuzzi, snack bar and a cool soundtrack that I'd had in mind! And so, guilty though I felt – my sadistic friend had put a lot of thought into his plan, and highlighted certain words in red and everything – I had to tell him, in no uncertain terms, that his plan was going no further than the paper it was typed on.

Long story short... here's how...
Saying You'd Rather Not
  •         Well, I'd rather not, if you don't mind.
  •         I don't really feel it's my kind of thing.
  •         You can count me out! (Informal)
  •        It seems a/an (adjective eg: boring, silly) sort of thing to do, if you ask me.
  •         It's really not my cup of tea
  •         That's not exactly what I had in mind.
  •        Actually, I don't really think I could find the time.
It's going to be a loooooong, hot summer...


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