Accept vs Except – Confusing English Words

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Accept is a verb, and means to take or receive something that was offered or given. The thing that is offered or given could be something tangible (a present, money, etc) or intangible (an offer, a suggestion, etc.)

  • Jack’s such a nice guy. He wouldn’t accept any money for driving us to the station.
  • I heard Nick proposed to Lori, and she accepted! They are such a nice couple
  • We accept cash, credit cards, and cash.

Accept also means to regard someone or something with approval.

  • Bob was accepted to Stamford University.
  • Jane was accepted into the tennis club, even though she is not such a great player.

Lastly, accept means to recognize or believe something as correct:

  • I accept the fact that I made a huge mistake yesterday.
  • I can not accept the policy of testing chemicals on animals.

Except is used as a preposition, and means “excluding:”

  • Everyone went to the party except Joe.
  • Except anchovy, I can eat any pizza topping.
  • All of the furniture in the room, except the table, needs to be moved out.

Except is also used as a conjunction, with the same meaning of “excluding:”

  • I would hire Jack except that I’ve heard he’s not usually punctual.
  • She didn’t say anything except that she was hungry.
  • This new desk is the same as my old one except the color is a little darker.

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