“I'm sorry, I can't go into that.”

English Lesson: I'm sorry, I can't go into that.

You're leading a meeting at work. One of the attendees at the meeting asks you a question. He asks about some information that you're not supposed to share, so you refuse to answer the question.

I'm sorry, I can't go into that.

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go into (a topic)

"Going into" a topic means to speak about it.

You can use this phrasal verb to talk about what someone said:

Did she go into any details about our new health benefits?

You can use this phrase to talk about what you're saying as it's happening:

Do you want me to go into a few more details?

There's another phrase which is similar:

I don't want to get into it.

"Getting into" a topic means talking about something that's complicated or annoying to explain.

I'm sorry, (sentence)

This is a very clear, straightforward way to say "no" to someone's request:

A: Can't I have the afternoon off?

B: I'm sorry, there's no one else to take your shift.

Another way to refuse that's a little softer is "Sorry, but unfortunately..."

A: Can I have the afternoon off?

B: Sorry, but unfortunately there's no one else to take your shift.