Accept vs. Except

Approving or Rejecting

40% off discount
 

 

Accept vs. Except

ACCEPT

Accept is a verb that means take or receive something with approval, or agree to something.

TAKE IN / APPROVE

They accepted my 40% off coupon when I bought my TV.  (They approved it.)

They accept American Express cards.  (They agree to take them..)

They don't accept checks.  (They did not take.)

"Businesses put profit ahead of customers."
They accepted what I said.  (They agreed.)

EXCEPT

Except is a verb that means to exclude (not include) something or someome. Other expressions such as make an exception and take exception may be used.

EXCLUDE / REJECT

They excepted televisions on the back of the 40% off coupon. (TVs weren't included.)

They except American Express cards from the ones they will take.  (They will take other credit cards, but not American Express.) 

They made an exception for me because they know me well. (They broke their rules and took my check.)

They took exception to what I said. (They excluded themselves.)
"We put our customers ahead of profit."  

 

profit (n.) – money that a business earns

Also see But not / Except

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accept

Additional Meanings

 

 

 

Accept

VARIANT MEANING EXAMPLES

WILLINGLY RECEIVE (v.)

They accepted the gift with smiles and thank-yous. 

AUTHORIZE (v.)

The web site won't accept my password.

ADMIT (v.)

The University accepted her into their Business School. 

REGARD AS PROPER OR NORMAL (v.)

We find it hard to accept the violence we see on TV. 

SETTLE EMOTIONALLY

It took a long time for the boy to accept the fact that his mother abandoned him. 

AGREE TO (v.)

The businessmen accepted the offer to buy the company.

TAKE IN PAYMENT (v.)

The store accepts credit cards. 

FEEL INCLUDED (adj.)

He felt accepted by his teammates.  (well-received)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Except

Additional Meanings

 

 

 

Except

VARIANT MEANING EXAMPLES

BUT NOT (conj.)

The supermarket is open daily except on holidays.  (After making a generalization – before a preposition)

ANY OTHER CONDITION; UNLESS (conj.)

I'll go with you except if he comes too.  (before an if-clause)

BUT NOT (conj.)

It's easy to get there except on foot. (After making a generalization – before a preposition)

BUT NOT (conj.)

Except for a few, everyone wanted to walk to the concert. (before a noun phrase)

BUT NOT (conj.)

He isn't interested in anything except eating and sleeping. (After making a negative generalization.)

ONLY + that   (conj.)

I would go with you except that I already have plans. (before a that-clause)

EXCLUDED (participial adj)

The sale coupon listed the excepted merchandise. (participle. - excluded)

EXCLUDED (verb)

They admitted several people, but excepted those under age twenty-one.

OUTSTANDING (adj.)

She was an exceptional student.  (different from all other - in a good way)
 

Also see – But not / Except

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Mistakes

Errors and Solutions

Congress
 

 

Error and Solution

ERROR

*Will Congress except the automakers' proposal?

*The nightclub wouldn't except me to go in because I was under twenty-one.

SOLUTION

Will the government accept the automakers' proposal? (approve)

Will the Congress except the automakers' proposal? (reject)

The nightclub wouldn't accept me because I was under twenty-one.
(delete – to go in)

 

*Yellow highlighting indicates example of incorrect usage.
Solution - lightbulb Pop-Q "Accept"

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 1

Picky Eaters  (choosy or very selective eaters)

Picky eater
 

 

Complete the sentence with the word that is logical—accept or except.

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. 
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "Check" or "Check 1-10" button at the bottom.

 

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nutritional (adj) – the fiber, vitamins and minerals in food that help you to stay healthy 

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exceptional (adj) – unusually good, outstanding 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 2

College Applications

College Application

 

 

 

Complete the sentence with a form of the word "except" or "accept".

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. 
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "Check" or "Check 9-15" button at the bottom.

 

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nowadays (adv) –now, compared with what happened in the past 

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stress (n) – continuous feelings of worry about work or personal life

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rejection (n) –  not being accepted or invited to attend