The title really sounds silly but it is true translation from local language to English. I believe (and sure) it's not correct.

Can someone suggest to me the correct word (phrase)?

The intention is: "Its not your business".

The context: dialogue between two school children. The point is, one meddles in other's business.

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    none of your business is common to use. The phrase is perfect. Why you need an alternative to that? – Maulik V Dec 8 '15 at 7:04
  • yes it is @MaulikV But I personally feel its disrespectful (very informal) IMHO? – user27383 Dec 8 '15 at 7:06
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    Since when do school children care about being formal or respectful?... I wish American kids were... but they're not... they say "it's none of your bee's wax"... or "butt out"... or "this is an A and B conversation... C... you're way out"... Ah... childhood. This comment brought to you by an 80s child. – Catija Dec 8 '15 at 14:00
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    May I know the reason for Down vote? – user27383 Dec 8 '15 at 16:28
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    @Ravan: Someone's just being spiteful. Happens all the time here. – Ricky Dec 8 '15 at 22:52

You need a polite version. Okay, there could be several ways to tell that. Here are a few alternatives to 'none of your business' that come to my mind.

I think I can tackle it in my own ways
I don't think I need help, I can handle it well
Thanks for the suggestion, but no thanks

To me, these are less severe than telling 'none of your business' straightforwardly.

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What's it to you?

Why, what's it to you?

How is this any of your business?

Why are you so concerned?

Don't worry about it. (This is actually very obnoxious if you think about, but many people fail to notice the connotation).

You don't need this.

Take your pick.

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    +1 for "Don't worry about it". Any of the others still sound rude to me. – Simon Dec 8 '15 at 11:15
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    The first few are harsher than "none of your business" imo – Stumbler Dec 8 '15 at 14:52

While I agree with you that "It's none of your business" is rather terse and can be seen to be impolite, I don't think there is a single phrase that literally means the same but is seen more formal and polite. A short explanation why a question is off limits, however, allows the conversation (or the person asking) to move on. You can give a vague, one or two word answer to the question to close the issue, but you probably won't have to.

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The situation you are dealing with will have a lot to do with what polite terms will work. My favorite is "I appreciate your offer to help, but I need to work on this on my own for now."

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  • This is none of your concern.
  • This is not relevant to you.
  • This probably isn't relevant to you. (softer)
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