The UVic Writer's Guide

Accept/ Except

Accept is a verb meaning "to receive": "I will accept this gift on behalf of my people."

Except is a preposition meaning "excluding": "I will accept all your conditions except that one."

Occasionally "except" is used as a verb meaning "to exclude": "If you except the last page, it's a great book."

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