11/05/2013 03:07 pm ET

3 Guy-Approved Ways to Turn Down a Date Without Hurting His Feelings


A reader recently wrote to ask me if she should turn down a guy she thought was really great but wasn't physically attracted to, and if so, how should she do it without being too harsh? For the first part of her question, I'm including links to past discussions of the issue at the end of this post.

But I've contemplated the dilemma of how to turn a guy down without being awkward or plain old cruel a few times myself, so I consulted some men in my circle of acquaintances for their take on the issue. If they have to be rejected—sorry guys!—what's the way they'd prefer it to happen? Here are three ways to do it...

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