- Accept means to agree or to receive something offered.
- Except means excluding or with the exception of.
- The ex- of except can help you to remember that it means excluding.
Do you have trouble remembering when to use accept and when to use except? Learn how these two words differ and how they function.
When to use Accept
Accept is a verb. Accept means to agree or to take something offered.
When to use Except
Except usually functions as a preposition or a conjunction. As a preposition, except means “but.” As a conjunction, except is often followed by “that,” and it means “only” or “with the exception of.” In the rare cases that except functions as a verb, it means “to exclude, to object.”
How to Remember the Difference between Accept and Except
If you are a good speller, here is an easy trick to distinguish accept from except. Remember that the first two letters of except give a clue to its meaning. Except means to exclude.