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Student Learning: Grammar
Common vocabulary mistakes
Accept or Except
'Accept' and 'except' sound very similar in pronunciation, so it is not surprising that they are often misused.
- 5.1 Accept:
Accept means to agree to take something or to receive something. It is a verb.
I humbly accept your invitation to dinner.
Many people do not accept Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
- 5.2 Except:
Except means not including when it is used as a preposition.
Everyone got picked for the team except me.
I bought a gift for everyone except Katherine.
Except also means other than and is like 'but' when used as a conjunction.
My sister never calls me, except to borrow money.
I would go skydiving, except I'm scared of heights.
- 5.3 There are a few rare exceptions.
Except is sometimes (and not very commonly in the language) used as a verb that means "to leave out" or "exclude".
No vehicles in this lane, buses excepted.