Except / Accept as verbs


Question for Bonita:  Bonita has an assignment  where she chooses the word that is best used to complete the sentence.   The sentence:  If you except/ accept the mistakes of others, you will be a better person.   At first, I was thinking –accept.  However, I want her to look up definitions and I found out that except can be a verb meaning to exclude.  If you exclude the mistakes of others (don’t think about them or don’t pick them up) you will be a better person.  I think it’s a just bad sentence for teaching.  Suggestions?

accept except asked Sep 01 '13 at 18:05 Bonita New member

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At first, I thought your answer was clear, but then I analyzed the context of your sentence and I disagreed with the "moral" purpose of it.


Are you a better person for agreeing to a mistake, or permitting it, or to affirmatively permit the mistake, or would you, in fact, be a better person for simply excluding the mistake and moving on?

The phraseology is anachronistic and/or archaic, but I still find the choice debatable.


I would give three sentences.  One with accept as a verb, one with except as a preposition or conjunction, and one with except used as a verb in a manner that would be impossible for accept to function and, possibly, in a manner directly and contrarily paralleled to accept.


"Do not fight your destiny; (accept/except) your fate."

"Everyone knows who you are meant to be; that is, everyone (accept/except) you."



I (accepted/excepted) everyone's request to come, and we left together; you, on the other hand, were (accepted/excepted).

link comment edited Sep 01 '13 at 19:32 Aaron Prejean Expert

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