5 Ways to Turn Down a Date Gracefully When You’re Not Available

You must want to agree right away if your crush asks you on a date. But if you’re not available and have to turn him down, you should at least leave a good impression so that he asks you out again. We asked 111 single women in their teens to their 20s for their opinions, and share five ways to turn down a date gracefully when you’re not available.”

1. Be honest and apologize: “I wish I could go, but I can’t. I’m sorry!”

It takes courage to ask someone out on a date. If you feel bad that you have to turn him down, make sure you sincerely apologize. “It’s important to tell him that you feel bad, instead of just thinking it to yourself,” explained a teen. You can even text him on the day you were supposed to go out, so he knows that your apology was sincere.