Accept vs. Except: Difference, Meaning, Which One to Use?


Accept vs. Except, any idea? There can be no doubt that most of the confusing English words are nothing but the most frequently used words. This is why they tend to become all the more confusing. However, if we study the meaning and use of these words carefully then we can avoid this kind of confusion easily.

Here, in this post, we will be talking about two such words again just like in the previous post of this series.

Accept vs. Except: What is the Difference?

In this post, we will be talking about “accept” and “except.”

ExceptAccept
This one also has a verb sense buy it means to exclude; leave out somethingThis one is a verb and it means to take or receive something offered
E.g., Everyone except Mike is allowed to take part in the quiz contest.  E.g., Since he is a proud man, he refused to accept charity or help from friends  

Meaning of Accept vs. Except

What Does Accept Mean?

This one is a verb and it means to take or receive something offered or receive when approved or favored, like when we accepts prizes and trophies.

What Does Except Mean?

This one also has a verb sense buy it means to exclude; leave out something.  However, this one can also be used as a preposition. Sometimes we use it as a conjunction as well.

For example,

  • The building was very strong except the north side.

This word is also very commonly used for the phrase “except for”,

For example,

  • I would travel more except for lack of money.

Just like most other words, these two also share the same linguistic ancestor and they can be traced back to the Latin verb “capere” meaning “to take” where the prefix ex- means “out of.”

How Do You Use Accept and Except? Examples

One of the most useful tips in this case can be to remember the ex- in except and use it like exclude. It will help you distinguish it from accept, which means “to receive.”

Here are Some Examples of How You Might Use Except:

  • Everyone except Mike is allowed to take part in the quiz contest.
  • Except for one year in the music school, I have never outside of my hometown.
  • He blamed everyone except himself for the loss of the match.

Here are Some Examples of How You Might Use Accept:

  • Desperate for some money, he accepted the lousy job in the factory.
  • Since he is a proud man, he refused to accept charity or help from friends.
  • Mike couldn’t accept his gifts, as he didn’t like it.

Confusion whether to use except or accept in Sentence

When confused about whether to use except or accept in a sentence, one can consider the part of speech the sentence has:

When you need a verb, and if you can replace the verb with the word exclude without losing the intended meaning then you should go with except. If the meaning gets changed with exclude, then you must choose accept.

When you wish to use a preposition or conjunction (or anything other than a verb), you should always go for except.

Some Questions with Answers for Accept vs. Except

Question-1

  • Can you (accept/except) this kind of behavior?
  • -> Can you accept this kind of behavior?

Question-2

  • He is ready to (accept/except) any job currently
  • -> He is ready to accept any job currently.

Question-3

  • The building is so beautiful (accept/except) that corner.
  • -> The building is so beautiful except that corner.

Question-4

  • The man is everything (accept/except) a thief.
  • -> The man is everything except a thief.

Question-5

  • Mike refused to (accept/except) any help from us.
  • -> Mike refused to accept any help from us.

Question-6

  • They went on to do everything (accept/except) studying
  • -> They went on to do everything except studying.

Conclusion

So, there you have it. The difference between “except” and “accept”. Let us know if you have any other queries.

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