What would be a more formal way to say "No way!"? For example, in a business conference setting.
closed as off-topic by Mari-Lou A, J. Taylor, Dan Bron, choster, alwayslearning Mar 4 at 9:30
This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:
- "Please include the research you’ve done, or consider if your question suits our English Language Learners site better. Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic." – Mari-Lou A, J. Taylor, Dan Bron, alwayslearning
The most formal way to say "no way" (as in: 'that cannot possibly be an accurate statement') is:
"Surely, you jest." (Although it isn't used much, anymore.)
"No way," in the sense of 'that outcome is not possible'- in the context of a business conference - would probably be expressed as:
"We will have to look into that." AmE
Some French has entered the English lexicon without ever losing their character as they remain unmistakably "French" to an English speaker. In French, au contraire means, literally, on the contrary, and that’s exactly what this loan phrase means in English. It’s often used to mean, roughly, I beg to differ, and it usually creates a humorous or sarcastic tone.
Au contraire: TFD
To the contrary!
As in: Nat. English.com
- Au contraire, says the author.
- When people ask if Monica sullied the good name of interns, I say au contraire.