‘Accept’ and ‘except’

Accept and except sound very similar, and the similarity causes confusion for some writers. If you are one of them, don’t feel bad about it. Accept and except have been muddled up for centuries; Fowler’s states that Queen Elizabeth I made the error in one of her letters.


  • to take or receive something offered
  • to agree to


  • not including; apart from
  • to leave out or exclude

My tip to help you use the correct word is to try to remember that accept means agree and both words begin with a.


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