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Write the Right Word: Accept or Except

“Accept” and “except” are another case of two words that sound the same but don’t mean the same thing and can’t be used interchangeably.

Accept means to receive. For example, “I accept the nomination to run for treasurer.” It also can mean to understand or believe, and agree or consent to something. “I accept that I am not able to run as fast as I once did.” “I accept this agreement because it will settle our dispute.”

Except means to exclude or not count. For example, “I picked up everything from my desk except the vase of flowers.” It also can mean otherwise or but. “The dike is solid except for a 5-foot section near the left side of the house.”

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