225 – Except vs Except for – Confusing Vocabulary Lesson

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Do you know the difference between except and except for? These two phrases can be confusing, so for today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at how to use except and except for.
Here are the example sentences:
Listen to the podcast or the check the transcript for the details

Except or except for

  • Everybody came to the party, except / except for Serena.
  • He ate everything on the plate, except / except for the peas.
  • I have no free time in my schedule, except / except for two hours on Friday afternoon.

Using except for

  • My vacation in Paris was great, except for the rain.
  • I finished cleaning the whole house, except for the bathroom.
  • We drank all the liquor at the party, except for one bottle of champagne.
  • I never go to the mall, except to shop for Christmas presents.
  • Steve rarely goes to Manhattan, except to see his doctor.
  • Happy does nothing all day except sleep and eat.
  • These days I don’t do anything except work in the office.
  • There are no good Thai restaurants except in Manhattan.
  • You can’t buy those spices anywhere except at an Indian grocery store.
  • Bob is a good employee, except that he comes to work late a lot.
  • New York is a great place to live, except that it is cold in the winter.

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Comments 8

  1. This page doesn't explain anything, it only shows sentences, but it doesn't explain the difference, I often see many common things among the sentences here showed and I can't understand why I should use one option rather than the other

  2. Hi Davide…Please listen to the podcast (the player is at the top of the page just above the photo of my dog Happy). In the podcast I explain everything. This page just contains the podcast link and the example sentences.

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