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English definition of “except”


preposition, conjunction     /ɪkˈsept/
A2 not including ; but not: The museum is open daily except Monday(s). The government has few options except to keep interest rates high. It's cool and quiet everywhere except in the kitchen . Everyone was there except for Sally . There is nothing to indicate the building's past, except (for) the fireplace .Excluding Grammar:Apart from or except for?Apart from and except for are multi-word prepositions. Apart from can mean either ‘including’ or ‘excluding’:Grammar:Except or except for?We often use except and except for as prepositions to mean ‘not including’ or ‘excluding’. They are followed by a noun or noun phrase or a wh-clause. Both except and except for are correct after a noun:
(Definition of except prepositionconjunction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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