I'm looking for a phrase which I could use to tell a child (age 10-14) that their answer is wrong, without offending them of course. This would be something I could on a test.... Any suggestions?

PS I'm not a teacher, but I'm designing computer software that could be used as a teaching aid.

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    "The answer is incorrect"? Anyway, I'd focus the statement on the answer, not the person. – hemflit Jan 27 '16 at 19:24
  • Sometimes, learning that you are not right all the time is just something that a teenager has to swallow. There's no easy way of saying it. Not that I ever experienced that, of course... – Andrew Leach Jan 27 '16 at 19:29
  • If it's a test, and the individual knows it's being graded, then "Correct" or "Incorrect" is about all that's needed. One should avoid doing a victory dance after pronouncing it incorrect, however. – Hot Licks Jan 27 '16 at 21:36

I think "almost there" is very encouraging or maybe "Try again :)"

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