Accept versus Except

person Team HelloEnglishfolder_openVocabularyaccess_time October 26, 2016

Accept versus Except

There is a lot of confusion with these two words; they are words that have a similar sound but with very different meanings. Let us learn when to use accept versus except.


It is a verb and it has several meanings:
To accept something as true – I accept your explanation.
To take something willingly – I accept this award on behalf of my friend.


On the other hand is a preposition which is also used as a conjunction or a verb.
As a preposition it means- apart from or excluding something.
E.g. I hate all sweets except chocolates.

As a conjunction it means “but”.
E.g. I would love to go except I don’t know how to swim.

As a verb again it means to exclude something.
E.g. You are excepted from this punishment.

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