It's important to turn things down.

Reply Mon 6 Aug, 2018 02:37 am

When someone asks you to do him/her a favor, which you can't handle,
you inevitably say 'No'.

Could you lend me some money? No.
Could you take care of my dogs while I am on my vacation? No.

Now, can I say,

A - 'It's often important to turn things down, because we can't do it all.'?

Wondering if 'turn things down' can refer to 'reject in general',
I searched Google to see a very small number of cases where it's used.

If 'turn down an invitatin', 'turn down the offer' and 'turn down the suggestion' make sense, 'turn things down' also should make sense..
Not really?

Could you please tell me if sentence A sounds okay or awkward?
Thank you.

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Reply Mon 6 Aug, 2018 05:59 am
To my ears, it sounds awkward. I would at the very least change 'things' to 'requests', as that is what the first sentences seem to apply you are going for.

'Important' might be alright depending on the context, but 'necessary' can be an appropriate (or perhaps even more appropriate) fit here as well.

Where the second sentence part goes (after the comma), 'because we can't do everything' sounds more natural to me.

Mind you, I'm not a native English speaker, but I have spend a fair amount of time with both English and American people.
Reply Mon 6 Aug, 2018 05:01 pm
It’s important to be able to turn things down ....

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Reply Tue 7 Aug, 2018 09:08 am
Who would think you're not a native English speaker?
It helped a lot.
Thanks a million.
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mark noble
Reply Tue 7 Aug, 2018 12:01 pm
Youtube 'Dandipani, The energy Alchemist'

Live and learn.

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Reply Tue 7 Aug, 2018 10:14 pm
i feel it is important to deny some requests. this is a less awkward statement of your intent
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