except(redirected from excepts)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Don't confuse accept /ək'sept/ with except /ɪk'sept/.
Accept is a verb. If someone offers you something and you accept it, you agree to take it.
Except is a preposition or conjunction. You use it to show that a statement does not include a particular thing or person.
You use except to introduce the only thing, person, or group that your main statement does not apply to.
You usually use except in front of a noun phrase.
You can use except in front of object pronouns such as me, him, or her, or in front of reflexive pronouns such as himself or herself.
Don't use except in front of subject pronouns. Don't say, for example, 'There's nobody here except I'.
Don't confuse except with besides or unless. You use except when you mention something that a statement does not apply to. Besides means 'in addition to'.
Unless is used to introduce the only situation in which something will take place or be true.
You can use except in front of a to-infinitive.
After do, you can use except in front of an infinitive without to.
You can use except in front of a finite clause, but only when the clause is introduced by when, while, where, what, or that.
Don't use 'except' immediately in front of a finite verb. Don't say, for example 'I can't remember what we ate, except it was delicious'.
You use except for in front of a noun phrase when you are mentioning something that prevents a statement from being completely true.
|Verb||1.||except - take exception to; "he demurred at my suggestion to work on Saturday"|
object - express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent; "She never objected to the amount of work her boss charged her with"; "When asked to drive the truck, she objected that she did not have a driver's license"
|2.||except - prevent from being included or considered or accepted; "The bad results were excluded from the report"; "Leave off the top piece"|
do away with, eliminate, get rid of, extinguish - terminate, end, or take out; "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts"
elide - leave or strike out; "This vowel is usually elided before a single consonant"
everyone except me → tout le monde sauf moi
except if → sauf si
except when → sauf quand
except for → sauf, excepté
except that → si ce n'est que
The weather was great, except that it was a bit cold → Il a fait un temps superbe, si ce n'est qu'il a fait un peu froid.
except that/if/when → salvo che/se/quando
there is nothing we can do except wait → non c'è nulla che possiamo fare se non aspettare
except for → ad eccezione di
except for one old lady → ad eccezione di or tranne una vecchia signora