Accept and ExceptThere is often confusion over the words accept and except. They sound similar, but their meanings are very different.
AcceptTo accept is a verb. It has several meanings:
To hold something as true.
- The officer accepts your point and has decided to let you off with a caution.
- I accept she may have been tired, but that's still no excuse.
- I accept this award on behalf of the whole cast.
- Do you accept dogs in your hotel?
- Please accept my resignation. I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member. (Groucho Marx)
- The minister would love to accept the invitation to your ball, but she has a prior engagement.
ExceptThe word except is most commonly seen as a preposition. However, it can also be used a conjunction and very occasionally as a verb.
Except as a preposition means apart from, not including, or excluding.
- I can resist everything except temptation. (Oscar Wilde)
- I have nothing to declare except my genius. (Oscar Wilde)
- Marge, don't discourage the boy! Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals...except the weasel. (Homer Simpson)
- It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. (Winston Churchill)
- I would go swimming, except I am scared of big fish.
- You are excepted from the ruling.
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Except = ExcludingLet the first two letters of except remind you that it means excluding.
Common Terms with Accept and ExceptAccept
- Accept a job
- Accept a compliment
- Accept the challenge
- Accept the consequences
- Except for access
- Except for him
- Except buses and taxis