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Accept vs. Except

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Accept vs. Except

ACCEPT

Accept is a verb that means take or receive something with approval, or agree to something.  The verb is followed by an object noun phrase or gerund.  (A what-phrase is a noun phrase.)                                                                                                                                 

TAKE IN / APPROVE
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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 do not take them.)

He accepted what I said. (He agreed with my statement.)

"Businesses should put customers ahead of profits, " I said.

no dogsThey don't accept the entry of dogs in the store. (They prohibit dogs inside)

 

EXCEPT

Except is a verb that means to exclude (not include) something or someone. As a verb, except is followed by an object noun. As a preposition, except is followed by a noun or another preposition. (See But not / Except.) Other expressions such as make an exception and take exception are used.

EXCLUDE / REJECT
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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 changed their standard practice for only me.)

He took exception to what I said. (He disagreed with my statement.)

"On the contrary, we do put our customers ahead of profit," he said.

no dogs except guide dogsThey prohibit all dogs except guide dogs. (They permit guide dogs inside but not other dogs.)

 

profit (N) – money that a business earns

Also see But not / Except

 

 

 

 

Accept

Additional Meanings

Accepts cards
 

Accept

VARIANT MEANING EXAMPLES

ACCEPT (V) verb

Accept expresses agreement or positive opinion of a situation.

TAKE IN PAYMENT (V)

The store accepts credit cards. 

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.

FEEL INCLUDED (Adj)

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

Word Categories: N – Noun; V – Verb; Aux – Auxiliary; Adj – Adjective; Adv – Adverb; P –Preposition; Det –Determiner.

Phrasal Categories: NP – Noun Phrase; VP – Verb Phrase; AdjP – Adjective Phrase; AdvP – Adverb Phrase; PP – Prepositional Phrase; DP – Determinative Phrase.

 

 

 

 

Except

Additional Meanings

Keep right except to pass
 

Except

VARIANT MEANING EXAMPLES

EXCEPT – (V) verb

EXCEPT – (P) preposition

Except  excludes a part from a larger group of things

Except or except for expresses something that is excluded after making a generalization.

EXCLUDE 

The sale coupon listed the excepted merchandise.  (V + N)

EXCLUDED

They admitted several people, but excepted those under age twenty-one. (V + NP)

UNLESS

Drive on the right side of the road except if you need to pass another car.  (V + PP)

BUT NOT 

The supermarket is open daily except on holidays (P + PP )

BUT NOT

It's easy to get there except on foot.  (P + PP )

BUT NOT 

Everyone wanted to walk to the concert except for a few people,  (for is optional)  (P + PP )

ONLY

He isn't interested in anything except eating and sleeping.  (PP + gerund)

ONLY + that

I would go with you except that I already have plans. (P + clause)

OUTSTANDING, DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS (IN A GOOD WAY)  (Adj)

She was an exceptional student.  (NP) 

See related page– But not / Except

Word Categories: N – Noun; V – Verb; Aux – Auxiliary; Adj – Adjective; Adv – Adverb; P –Preposition; Det –Determiner.

Phrasal Categories: NP – Noun Phrase; VP – Verb Phrase; AdjP – Adjective Phrase; AdvP – Adverb Phrase; PP – Prepositional Phrase; DP – Determinative Phrase.

 

 

 

 

Common Mistakes

Errors and Solutions

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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 - lightbulbPop-Q Accept

 

 

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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