Sunday, 6 December 2009

Common Word Mistakes: Accept and Except

I'm going to do a series of blogs on Common Word Mistakes. All writers, even experts sometimes make these simple mistakes. 

Accept means "to receive."

Except is usually a preposition meaning "but" or "leaving out." However, except can also be a verb meaning "to leave out."

As verbs, accept and except are nearly antonyms, so the difference is important!

Examples: He accepted the gift. (He received it.) He excepted the twins. (He did not include them.)
Everyone except Bill. (All but Bill.)

Just remember: the “X” in “except” excludes things—they tend to stand out, be different. In contrast, just look at those two cozy “C’s” snuggling up together. Very accepting.

Source: here and here


Anonymous said...

Ha! Great way to remember those.