WOTW: except

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triplo word of the week - except

 

今週の #WOTW は ‘except’ です。’Except’ is a preposition and it’s probably the first preposition to make it to the Word of the Week series, I think. In addition, this word is also a conjunction (first time as well?) and a verb. Many people get it mixed with ‘expect’ and even ‘accept’. Let’s have a look at some examples.

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We’ll start with the preposition.

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- I like everybody except you. (Not including you, other than you.)

- I work five days a week except weekends. (Not including weekends, other than weekends.)

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The conjunction is next.

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- I didn’t say anything, except that I don’t like make up. Why is she mad? (Used before a statement that forms an exception to one just made.)

- I always go running in the evening, except for when I’m very tired from work. And I do get very tired at work… (See above.)

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We have a couple more examples with the verb.

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- Are returnees excepted from English language exams? (Specify as excluded from a category or group.)

- I was excepted from taking part in the meeting, but they didn’t explain why. (See above.)

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‘Except’ comes from the Latin ‘excipere’ which means ‘taken out’ which makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?

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発音は/wɛt/です。後ろに「お」の音がありません。また来週!

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