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OTHER WORDS FROM exceptex·cept·a·ble, adjectivenon·ex·cept·ed, adjectiveun·ex·cept·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·cept·ed, adjective
EXCEPT VS. ACCEPT
What’s the difference between except and accept?
Except is most commonly used as a preposition meaning excluding or but, as in Everyone was invited except me, or as a conjunction meaning but for the fact that, as in I would have called, except I lost my phone. Accept is a common word with many meanings, most of which involve receiving something, taking something on, or putting up with something.
Accept is always a verb. Except can also be used as a verb meaning to exclude, as in the common phrase present company excepted, but its verb use is much less common.
To remember the difference in the spelling between accept and except, remember that except shares the prefix ex- with exclude, which is fitting since except is commonly used in situations in which someone or something has been excluded.
Accept, on the other hand, is often used in situations in which something is acquired.
Here’s an example of except and accept used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: I usually accept your excuses, except this time I know they’re not true.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between except and accept.
Quiz yourself on except vs. accept!
Should except or accept be used in the following sentence?
The cake was great _____ for the icing, which was a little too sweet.
How to use except in a sentence
Except the Braves did not win 14 straight pennants (they did win 14 straight division titles), and Smoltz is a also Republican.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame|Ben Jacobs|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I always wanted to have a career like his—except for the stopping work thing.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In fact, Mexico buys and sells more US goods than any other country on the planet except for Canada.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Except, Nomadness currently has 3,000 pending membership requests.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Author J.K. Rowling says all religions are present at her beloved wizard school—except Wiccans.
In fact, except for Ramona's help, it would have been a question whether even Alessandro could have made Baba work in harness.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
I haven't much time for seeing any one, except my patients, and the people I meet in society.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
The patriarchal decree of the government was a good deal of a joke on the plains, anyway—except when you were caught defying it!
The camp grew still, except for the rough and ready cook pottering about the fire, boiling buffalo-meat and mixing biscuit-dough.
Who he could not make out, except that it was a Kirton: and it prayed him to hasten down immediately.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood