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I'm afraid not

FORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase I'm afraid not

Meaning

You can say this instead of "no" if your answer could upset or disappointed someone.

For example

  • "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."

Quick Quiz

"Have you found my dog?" she said. "I'm afraid not," he said. He

a. hadn't lost it

b. hadn't found it

c. wasn't scared of it

Contributor: Matt Errey