Edit This Grammar Lesson: Accept vs. Except
Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog, let's discuss the difference between Accept vs. Except. Do you know when to use each one?
Accept and Except are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think.
Let's clear up any lingering confusion.
Accept means to agree or receive.
* I accept your challenge.
* Diane doesn't accept change very well.
* You might as well accept your fate.
Except means to exclude or leave out.
* Everyone is invited except Steve.
* Nothing else mattered except the game.
* No one understands me except Leslie.
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