If someone were to ask something about you, what would be the most common way of saying "I can't confirm nor deny that".

I tried looking it up and my conclusion is "不能确认也不能否认". I would like some confirmation on whether it's correct or not, or if there are any other, better translations.

  • the most common way of saying "I can't confirm nor deny that".. you can use 不置可否. Aug 21, 2020 at 15:02

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Assuming you're not going for a word-for-word, literal translation I would suggest:



(idiom) "no comment"


to have nothing to say (in a diplomatic context); no comment

The superiority of a semantic translation over a 1:1 translation is the fact that you can get straight to the heart of the matter without confusing your audience with turns of phrases and terms that they may have never encountered before.

Of course, if you do need a literal translation:

我们既不能确认也不能否认, (2)

does work.

HKU Public Opinion gives an alternative translation:


The UN, here, opts for:


but in the same document also translates it as:



A milder way to express it:




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