i can mix these up sometimes
can someone explain how to remember the difference between accept and except?
To accept something is to take if for how it is. Except means there is some sort of a difference.
Even though you're a bad cook and you don't do dishes, I accept you the way you are.
This sweater would be perfect except is isn't the right size.
"Accept" is a verb, and "except" is a preposition. Here's how you can remember this:
"I accept everyone except ______ (fill in the blank with the most obnoxious example you can think of).
Accept means to include, except means to exclude. I accept everyone, except those I don't.
Accept begins the same way as access. To access something is to gain admission, or to be permitted to handle it. To ACCEss something you must be ACCEpted. Or, by ACCEpthing something you are being given ACCEss to it.
Except is like exception. An exception to the rule is when things stand outside of conventional boundaries.
Hi! I always think of it as "A for action". "Accept" is a verb, so if the intent is to describe an action, always opt for ACCEPT!
The way I always remembered was that except had the "X" in it and that is the universal symbol for NO! If something is accepting, you will not see an "X" around it. If something is excepting, you will see an "X" over it.
Hopefully this works for you.
When determining if except or accept is correct, remember accept is/can be defined by words starting with a: agree, accommodate, answer, approval, acknowledge (to receive)... and except is defined by words starting with e: exclude, eliminate, exempt, exonerate (to take away; however). If you can remember A-a and/or E-e, only knowing one is necessary since they are antonyms, then you will know which word is correct. Hope that helps.
The "ex" root also means "not", and "except" means everything, but NOT the "exception".
Here is an easy way to remember the difference between "ACCEPT" and "EXCEPT"... It may be silly, but it works: On the TV show, "Friends", the first time Ross and Rachel break up, Ross is pleading his case as to why they should get back together, and Rachel tells him that they are not going to get back together and that Ross needs to "ACCEPT" that.... And he asks, "'EXCEPT' that what?". So Rachel answers, "No, ACCEPT THAT!" Technically, "Accept" is a verb, while "Except" can be either a preposition or a conjunction, but I think the example makes more sense than the Part of Speech explanation. Good Luck!
Grace and Peace,
Read through all of these posts aloud and add emphasis to the /ae/ sound in accept (think 'cat') and the /eh/ sound in except (think 'egg'). By the time you're done, it should be drilled in your head.
Then say "I /ae/ccept this /ae/cceptable /ae/cceptance", followed by "/eh/xcept for the /eh/xceptional /eh/xception".
If you're still confused, do it one more time without saying the aforementioned phrase.
I'm on board with the other answers using the X example, but with a little twist:
Accept starts with A, so you're Adding. In order to (a)ccept something, you have to (a)dd to whatever's there already.
Except starts with Ex, so you're X-ing it out, EXcluding it, or taking it away.
If you're EXcepting, you're not Accepting
Visuals always seem to help me. Hopefully that works for you too! :)
I'll accept answering this question, except I cannot express it any other way.
Please accept this answer, providing you except my strange way of presenting it.
Except refers to an EXCEPTION from some thing or idea/concept.
Accept refers to ACCEPTANCE of some thing or idea/concept.
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Accept has an A because students who get A's get Accepted to college!!! And except begins with e-x because everyone except your ex will be partying with you!!! ^^
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This had been always an issue for me, and I am not a native english speaker. however, here is a way I use
Except start with EX like exclude and they atre similar in the meaning some how