Accept and Except

What is the difference between accept and except?

Accept

Definitions: Verb

  1. consent to receive or undertake (something offered).
  2. believe or come to recognize (a proposition) as valid or correct.
  3. tolerate or submit to (something unpleasant or undesired).

Examples:

  • Those on the outside readily accept the idea and wonder what all the fuss is about.
  • This is deflecting from your main purpose of persuading the people present to accept your argument.

Except

Definitions:

  1. Preposition – not including; other than.
  2. Conjunction – used before a statement that forms an exception to one just made.
  3. Verb – specify as excluded from a category or group.

Examples:

  • I was naked except for my hat.
  • He didn’t tell her anything, except that he needed to take the car.
  • A search of our files revealed we were up-to-date and all papers, with two titles excepted, had been sent.

 

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