I'm afraid notFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase I'm afraid not
You can say this instead of "no" if your answer could upset or disappointed someone.
- "Did I pass my exam?"
"I'm afraid not. Sorry."
- "Are any of those positions in your office still vacant?"
"I'm afraid not. They've all been taken I'm afraid."
"Have you found my dog?" she said. "I'm afraid not," he said. He
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