Assume that a request is about the present time, for example someone asks me to give her a hand on some work, but I'm too busy and I can't. I feel that saying "Sorry, I don't have time for it" is a bit bossy and stiff. I wonder how I can say it in a more polite way.

I thought about it, and came up with this:

  • "Sorry buddy, I'm busy with something important and I think I can't make time for anything right now".

Now here's the question:

  • Is "make time" used correctly in my sentence above? Isn't it special to future time?

Thank you.

closed as primarily opinion-based by Maulik V May 26 '17 at 6:27

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    "I'd like to help but I can't right now." – user3169 May 26 '17 at 5:27
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    "Sorry, I can't help you right now, I'm busy with something else, but I'll help you once I'm finished." You can then explain what your are busy with and make it obvious that it's important. – Peter May 26 '17 at 6:41