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Accept or Except?
What Is the Difference between "Accept" and "Except"?
The Quick Answer
Accept(verb) (1) "to hold something as true," (2) "to receive something willingly," and (3) "to answer yes"
- I accept he may have been busy, but it was important.
- I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me. (Singer Bob Dylan)
- The prince has accepted your invitation.
Except(preposition) (1) "apart from," "excluding"
- In this world nothing is certain, except death and taxes. (Benjamin Franklin)
- Making money would not change me, except I won't answer the door. (Director Abel Ferrara)
- They are excepted from the general rule.
- I accept your invitation. (Here, "accept" means "to receive willingly.")
- We all agree except Tony. (Here, "except" means "apart from.")
Accept"To accept" is a verb. It has three meanings:
(1) 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.
(2) To receive something willingly.
- 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. (Comedian Groucho Marx)
(3) To answer "yes" (especially to an invitation).
- 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 occasionally as a verb. As a preposition, "except" means "apart from," "not including," or "excluding." For example:
- 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. (British Prime Minister Winston Churchill)
- I would go swimming, except I am scared of big fish.
- You are excepted from the ruling.
A Video SummaryHere is a short video summarizing the difference between "accept" and "except."
Common Terms with "Accept" and "Except"Here are some common terms with "accept" and "except":
- Accept a job
- Accept a compliment
- Accept the challenge
- Accept the consequences
- Accept a duel
- Accept the things I cannot change
- Except for access
- Except for him
- Except buses and taxis
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