If you are offered something that you don't want, what do you say to reject it politely?

  • What is that kind of gift? Someone wanted to give me something (I forgot), I said my room is too small, so I cannot get it.
    – Ngoc Nam
    Dec 10, 2018 at 2:39
  • It seems that there is a phrase that works on everything! Dec 10, 2018 at 2:43
  • My room is really small :D 5畳 :((
    – Ngoc Nam
    Dec 10, 2018 at 2:46

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I will say like 申し訳ないけど、~なので受け取れないんです。

I think you should explain the reason why you reject the gift. For example, if I am presented a whole cake and reject it, I will say like 申し訳ないけど、ダイエット中なので受け取れないんです。


I am not a native speaker and just a beginning learner, but I just learned that one way to say it is 気持ちだけ受け取(る・ります)よ。

It means something along the lines of "Thank you for your kindness, but I shall politely decline." Literally, it means "I'll accept only your (kind) feelings."

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