Accept or Except?
The Quick AnswerAccept (verb) (1) to hold something as true, (2) to receive something willingly, and (3) to answer yes
Except (preposition) (1) apart from, excluding
Except (conjunction) (1) but, if not the fact that
Except (verb) (1) to exclude
Accept and ExceptThere is often confusion over the words accept and except. They sound similar, but their meanings are very different.
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AcceptTo 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.
- I accept this award on behalf of the whole cast.
- Do you 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. (Groucho Marx)
- The minister would love to accept the invitation to your ball, but she has a prior engagement.
ExceptThe 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. (Playwright Oscar Wilde)
- I have nothing to declare except my genius. (Playwright Oscar Wilde)
- 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. (Homer Simpson)
- It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. (Winston Churchill)
- I would go swimming, except I am scared of big fish.
- You are excepted from the ruling.
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