Accept and Except
There is often confusion over the words accept and except. They sound similar, but their meanings are very different.
To accept is a verb. It has several meanings:
To hold something as true.
The officer accepts your point and has decided to let you off with a caution.
I accept she may have been tired, but that's still no excuse.
To receive something willingly.
accept this award on behalf of the whole cast.
accept dogs in your hotel?
Please accept my resignation. I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.
|To answer yes
(especially to an invitation).
minister would love to accept the invitation to your ball, but she has a
The word except is most commonly seen as a preposition.
However, it can also be used a conjunction
and very occasionally as a verb.
|Except as a
preposition means apart from, not including or excluding.
I can resist everything except temptation.
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
Marge, don't discourage the boy!
Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals...except the weasel.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
|Except as a conjunction
means but or 'if not the fact that'.
I would go
swimming, except I am scared of big fish.
|Except as a verb means
are excepted from the ruling.
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