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Accept vs Except use

Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-20 19:34:52
These two English words are sometimes confused by native speakers.

Accept is a verb that means "to receive, admit, regard as true, say yes." Some examples:

I can"t accept this gift.
He was accepted to Harvard.
Do you accept this theory?
My offer was immediately accepted.
He asked me to marry him, and I accepted.

The noun acceptance refers to the "act or process of accepting, approval, or agreement."

Except is a preposition that means "excluding." Examples:

He bought a gift for everyone except me.
I know everyone here except the children.

Except is also a conjunction that means "if not for the fact that" or "other than." Examples:

I would help you, except I"m too busy.
He never calls me except to borrow money.

Except is a fairly uncommon verb that means "to leave out, exclude." Examples:

I hate lawyers, present company excepted.
Children are excepted from these rules.

The noun exception means "exclusion" or "one that is excepted."

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