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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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.


  1. 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.