Accept vs. Except | Difference & Example Sentences
Accept and except are frequently confused, but they are totally different words.
- Accept (pronounced [ak-sept]) is a transitive verb meaning to willingly receive, allow, or approve of something or someone.
- Except (pronounced [ek-sept] is mainly used as a preposition meaning “excluding” or “apart from.”
|Examples: “Accept” in a sentence||Examples: “Except” in a sentence|
|The changes in his personality were hard to accept.
The company really wanted her to accept their job offer.
|He didn’t like any of his colleagues except Mario.
The restaurant was open every day except Monday.
Uses of except
Except is a very commonly used word in English. You will most often see it functioning as one of three different parts of speech: a preposition, a verb, a conjunction.
Less commonly, the variant form “excepting” is used as a preposition or conjunction, but this sounds quite odd and stilted in everyday usage.
|Part of speech||Function||Example|
|Preposition||Used to exclude something; sometimes followed by “for”||I go swimming every day except Tuesday.|
|Verb||Meaning “to take or leave out”||Dolphins were excepted from the mammal study.|
|Conjunction||To connect opposing phrases, used instead of “only” or “but”||I would have gone to the birthday party, except it’s too far from my house.|
Uses of accept
Accept is always a verb, but it can have a few slightly different meanings: to receive something willingly, to allow something, to endure something, or to approve of something.
Worksheet: Except vs. accept
Test your knowledge of the difference between “accept” and “except” with these practice sentences. Fill in either “accept” or “except” in each sentence.
Frequently asked questions
- What is a synonym for accept?
A few synonyms for accept include:
- Assent (to)
- Concede (to)
- Yield (to)
- What is a synonym for except?
A few synonyms for except include:
- Aside from
- Other than
- What word means to not accept?
Common antonyms of the word accept include:
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