Difference between refuse and decline

Hello everybody

I would like to know the difference between refuse and decline . I am aware that. decline means “refuse politely” but could we use refuse in everyday conversation without sounding harsh?

Are the given same?

1- She refused my invitation.
2- She declined my invitation.


Hi Tom

Both of your sentences sound relatively formal.
The second sentence (using decline) does sound like she she might have been a bit more diplomatic or polite.

The word refuse is often used in “everyday” conversation like this:

[size=150]“I refuse to listen to any more of your stupid complaining!!! I’m leaving!!!”[/size]

(The size of the letters is supposed to indicate loudness — i.e., the situation isn’t a happy one.) :shock: