Spoiler Alert: BIG RANT
Read out loud and don’t take offence:
I expect you accept except. Except people expect either or both. I accept accept and I accept except except when except is used for accept and accept is used for except.
These are not interchangeable terms. Accept the fact. Expect the fact. Do not except the fact.
Accept/except is not tomato/tomato. Accept/except is tomato/elephant.
Accept is not except. Except is not accept.
They are different. So make the difference. Accept it and read on.
How are they different? Well here it is: they are not pronounced the same way. Accept that.
Accept is NOT pronounced except. Except is NOT pronounced accept.
If you say accept correctly, you might understand it better. The people you are talking to might also understand it better. Accept that. The same goes for except. Accept that.
If you mix up accept and except in writing, it could cause serious problems for you.
If you accept the unwise use of except in writing or speech, it could cost you a lot of money.
If you don’t understand the difference between accept and except in writing or speech, it will cost you a lot of money.
You cannot hope to make it right by pronouncing the words half-right in the hope that somebody will correctly understand.
If YOU don’t understand, then THEY won’t either!
Accept means “take willingly” “agree to” “understand” “admit to” “receive”
Except means “excluding” “but” “not including” and very occasionally “excused”.
Now you have learned the differences, here are some sample sentences (with explanatory notes):
I accept your invitation – I understand your invitation thank you and will do as it bids me
I cannot accept your invitation – I understand your invitation thank you but I cannot do as it bids me
I accept you are ill – I understand and sympathise that you are ill
I cannot accept that you are ill – I find it difficult to believe that you are ill
You accept that you are to blame? – Do you agree and admit that you are to blame?
He accepts that he broke the window – He agrees and admits that he broke the window
She accepts the mistake in the recipe – She agrees that the recipe contains errors
We will accept your donation – We will receive your money and keep it then use it for our charity
You must all accept responsibility – You have all to agree that you are blameworthy if you act contrary to the rules
They will accept the award – They will take the award when it is offered to them and keep it for the duration
Accept these gifts… – Prayer at the offertory in the Church when money is offered to continue to work in that place
I accepted the challenge – I took the challenge on
You accepted a lift on Tuesday – You allowed somebody to drive you on Tuesday
He accepted the money – He took and kept the money that was offered
He accepted that it was his fault – He agreed and admitted the deed
She accepted the cheque – She took and banked the cheque that was offered
It was accepted willingly – It was taken and kept with pleasure
You all accepted the fact – You all agreed that the fact was correct
They accepted the keys to their new home – They took and kept the keys to their new home
We all went except the parrot – We all went but the parrot stayed at home
The game was good except the first ten minutes – The game was good but the first ten minutes were not good
We ate everything except the eggs – We ate all that there was to eat but we did not eat the eggs
Put all the ingredients in the mixture except the cascara – Put all the ingredients in the mixture but do not put the cascara in the mixture
You may have as many days off in a week as you like, except those days with a “y” in them – You may not have a day off
DIFFICULT USES OF EXCEPT
I was excepted from heavy work – I was excused from doing heavy work
You are excepted from this work on this occasion – You will not be doing this work on this occasion
He was excepted from examination – He did not have to sit the examination
ACCEPT/EXCEPT – The difference really matters
All the work was badly done but I except yours – All the work was badly done but I do not include yours in the bad lot
All the work was badly done but I accept yours – All the work was badly done but I will take yours (even though it was badly done as well)
Present company excepted – said humourously after a terribly critical general statement has been made to a group of people which contains someone that you didn’t know was there and did not mean to offend viz:-
“I dislike people who deliver speeches in public places” – then you notice the local Churchman is present, not wishing to offend him, you say “Present Company Excepted”. This lets him know that you didn’t include him in your statement and also, acknowledges that he does deliver speeches in public.
Accept – the “A” is the same one as in Cat That Gnat…if you insist on pronouncing those words as “Ket Thet Gnet” – then you are beyond redemption…
Except – the “E” is the same as Met Let Set Help…say it properly and cut the crap and phoney accents.
Read more. Study more. Focus more. Write more. Question more. Learn more. Listen more. Practise more.
Just get it right.
Please. or else:
a) We all went except the parrot/b)We all went accept the parrot =
a) We all went but the parrot stayed at home/b) We all went and I am giving you a parrot
c) I accepted the challenge – I took the challenge on/d) I excepted the challenge – I did not include the challenge
Hopeless isn’t it?