How could I refuse Liam's offer without being rude? I could use humour, delay, an excuse, leave, refuse his offer, or even change the topic.
LIAMM, I do but your drunk and its Sophia, hehe.
SOPHIEE, wanna ride girl?
AHAHAH, okay Liam, I am going to set you a challenge. If you can walk to the door in a straight line, I'll catch a ride with you.
As if baby girlll.
In this diagram, Sophia is thinking about what to say to Liam when she tells him that she doesn't want to ride home with him, despite his persistence. All the reasons stated above are good forms of assertion that could assist Sophia in refusing Liam's offer. The form of assertion she decides to use just depends on how the conversation is going, as well as the overall situation.
Yes thats all but it may not be as easy as you think.
Is that all? That's easy, better take a seat in the car now.
In this comic strip, Liam asks Sophia if she wants a ride and she replies by not answering his initial question, but correcting him on the pronunciation of her name. This was a good tactic, known as delay, which helped Sophia earn more time to decide what she wants to do. She also tells Liam that he is drunk, which better helps him to really think about what he is offering.
HEHE, no I daaa - don't think so.
I'M DOING IT!!
In this strip, Sophia uses humour to turn down Liam's offer, knowing that, with the amount of alcohol he has consumed, he will not be able to walk to the door in a straight line. In fact, he will most likely be walking all over the place. The challenge is a good idea, as is not being rude to Liam but only setting him an exercise to try and complete (though she knows he probably won't be able to complete the challenge).
Thanks Liam, but I'm waiting for my Dad, goodnight.
COME ON SOPH, just come with me, don't leave me hanging !!
In this strip, Sophia is teasing Liam about his ability to walk in a straight line and challenging him, whilst still making herself appear desirable. In this diagram, Sophia uses three forms of assertion to refuse Liam's offer, these include: delay humour, and changing the topic. These three tactics are all very effective, as well as useful.
In this strip, Liam attempts to walk in a straight line and fails miserably, despite protests that he is doing it correctly. This amuses Sophia, and she has a little laugh to herself. However, she now knows that she will not be catching a ride with Liam tonight, but in fact, waiting for her Dad to pick her up and drive her home.
In this strip, Sophia uses assertion again with her excuse that her Father is going to pick her up. Though Liam is insistent, Sophia stands her ground and has the last word in the conversation. In doing this, Sophia made the right decision even though it was a difficult choice. She did not risk her life to ride home with a boy whose body was consumed with alcohol.
Sophia made this decision because she knew it was better to be safe than sorry, that it was the responsible decision, and that it would be more sensible to be driven home by a non - drunk driver. She also made this decision, in light of both the short and long term effects, which include: slurred speech, intense moods, poor concentration, and slower reflexes. Other long term effects include: internal injuries, memory loss, internal bleeding and pain, as well as a greater chance of cancer and infection. For all these reasons, Sophia has made the best and most accurate choice.