As the father of a lovely young girl, I have found that many, many strangers in China think it is a normal thing to outstretch their arms and say, "Let me hold her." I respectfully do not want to let strangers hold my little girl. What is the best way to say no in this instance? I feel like 不可以 (you may not) is a bit stern for little old ladies, but perhaps I'm paying too much attention to the English translation. I can't say 不要 because they don't want to give me anything. Saying 别抱她 would certainly be too harsh. Perhaps a string of 不不不? Or 对不起 left with an implied no? What would Chinese say?
PS: I usually say my daughter cries when strangers hold her. This works, but I would like to know an honest method, if there is one.
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