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What is the difference between 'except' and 'accept'?

What is the difference between 'except' and 'accept'?

The words except and accept are often confused by writers. We'll explain the difference.

Except means with the exception of; but when used as a preposition.

Accept means to receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval when used as a verb.

A good way to remember the difference is You Accept Awards, and EXcept Excludes things.

Out of the two words, 'except' is the most common.



Except and accept are homophones, which means they sound the same but have different spellings and meanings.

Except is a preposition that means "the exclusion of." It can also be a conjunction that means "but or only."

Accept is a verb that means "to take or receive, to agree or consent to."

Is the correct phrase ', except for the' or ', accept for the'?

You should use ', except for the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the correct expression 'without written permission except' or 'without written permission accept'?

The right expression is 'without written permission except'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the expression ', except in the' or ', accept in the'?

The correct phrase is ', except in the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

What's the correct phrase ', except that the' or ', accept that the'?

The correct expression is ', except that the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the expression 'except in the case' or 'accept in the case'?

The correct expression is 'except in the case'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should I use 'refused to accept the' or 'refused to except the'?

The right phrase is 'refused to accept the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the expression 'willing to accept the' or 'willing to except the'?

The correct phrase is 'willing to accept the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should I use 'to accept or reject' or 'to except or reject'?

The right phrase is 'to accept or reject'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should it be 'to accept it .' or 'to except it .'?

The correct expression is 'to accept it .'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

What's the correct phrase 'are willing to accept' or 'are willing to except'?

The right phrase is 'are willing to accept'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Some synonyms of except are: get rid of, omit, leave out, demur, eliminate.

Some synonyms of accept are: receive, take, consent, agree

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of exceptDictionary Definition of accept

Examples of except in a sentence

Except then he’d been ill at ease, nervous.
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels
I talked to God all the time, except when I lay terrified in my bed at night.
- Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
Now there is no prison except humanity itself, free from any attachment.
- Grand Junction by Maurice G. Dantec
Theyd used the down comforter all summer except for eleven days at the beginning of July.
- Nothing gold can stay by Dana Stabenow
Glow plain and foreign On my homesick eye, Except that you, than he Shone closer by.
- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon

Examples of accept in a sentence

Just because you're willing to offer it doesn't mean that I'm willing to accept it.
- Breakfast in Bed by Robin Kaye
Not thought to accept bribes.'General
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming
I was wrong not to accept the help, but that's over now."
- The heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts
How do I stop shaking and accept Roy’s delirium?
- A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities by Ray Bradbury
I dressed to accept my Oscar in a sequined Armani gown with a plunging back.
- Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
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