Accept vs. Except
What is the difference?
are two commonly
in the English
language. When do you use each one?
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Even though these two words are spelled differently and mean different
things, they are pronounced the same.
We'll go over examples and explanations to learn the difference. Do you
that means to take or receive something that is offered.
We can accept
material or immaterial things.
For example, you can accept
a gift (which is material, tangible) or a new job (which is immaterial,
This is the antonym
of the verbs refuse
new responsibilities at work.
- Her boss
offered her some new responsibilities, and she said yes
- Never accept
a ride from a stranger!
someone you don't know offers to take you somewhere in their car, you
should never say
- Oh, this present is so extravagant! I just can't accept it.
present is very expensive, so he feels uncomfortable taking
- To accept
the package, you need to sign this form.
signature is required to receive
the package from the delivery service.
- The relay runner accepted
the torch from the last runner.
first runner passed the torch to the next runner, and he took
Except is a preposition that
means "but not" or "other than." We use it when we want to say
This is the antonym of including.
Look at the examples below to see how we use except.
- The kids will eat anything except broccoli.
will eat anything, but
- I knew everyone at the party except the tall man
in the green shirt.
- I knew
all of the people at the party other than
the tall man in the green shirt.
- I like all sports except
- I like
all sports other
- We enjoy all kinds of movies, except romantic ones.
enjoy all different kinds of movies, but not
- She has added all the ingredients except the eggs.
- She has
added every ingredient other
Remember that accept
is a verb,
is an preposition.
action word. It describes what a person does
- Meredith decided to accept
the new cell phone plan that the company offered her. It was a good
did Meredith do?
the plan offered by the cell phone company.
modifies (describes it or restricts the meaning of) the sentence.
We've seen that even though
these words sound
the same, their meaning and
are different. Now you've got it!
- Everyone except
Oscar thought the play was excellent.
than Oscar thought the play was excellent. Everyone else
thought it was excellent, but
Oscar did not.
These were the differences between accept
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