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What is the difference between Accept and Except?

Asked by Jessica , Last updated: Jul 27, 2020

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N. Kingsley

N. Kingsley, Writer, Columbus

Answered Jul 27, 2020

Accept and except are two different words with different meanings. Accept means to agree to something like an idea or to receive something.

Example: “I happily accepted the invitation to the party.” This means I am going to the party.
Except means to exclude something from other things or to leave out.

For example: “I will take all the dresses except the blue one.”
This means I will take all the dresses and leave the blue one. Except functions as a preposition as well as a conjunction. As a preposition, it means “but,” and as a conjunction, it means “that,” while accept is a verb.

These words are most confusing to people that do not speak English. These words are sometimes used together examples; She ACCEPTed the gifts EXCEPT the money.

 

L. Agate

L. Agate

Answered Jun 26, 2020

Accept and except are two of the most common mistakes used words in the English language. They should like, but are spelled differently and should be used in different contexts. The word accept is to take in something for what it is. This is normally something that is unable to be changed.

An example of using the word accept is "Joe would not accept the fact that he would have to take summer school because he failed math." Except is used to show the exclusion of a noun. An example of using the word except is "Everyone, except Susan, had bought lunch to school."

 

Margot

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Margot , Writer, High School, Toronto

Answered Jun 17, 2020

When you say accept, this means that you have received something wholeheartedly, or you have already agreed to something that you cannot change or give back anymore. When you say except, this means that you are trying to exclude something.

For example, you can use the word accept in this sentence: “She has to accept the fact that her boyfriend left her behind.” The person would need to agree that her lover isn’t coming back anymore. You can use the word except in this sentence: “She loves all of the gifts that she has received except the gun.”

This means that the person has enjoyed and has gained pleasure from the things that she has gotten except for the gun.

 

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