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Learn English: Accept, except or expect?

Accepting a flower
Accepting a flower.

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What's the difference between 'accept', 'except' and 'expect'? Read on to find out these important differences.

To 'accept' something can mean to take or receive it.

"I accept this flower."

"They accepted the feedback from the company."

It can also mean to agree.

"I accept that you are right."

"My teacher accepts that English can be challenging to learn but she told me not to give up."

'Except' can be used when you're talking about excluding something.

"I like everything about the house except the kitchen."

"Everything's great about the project plan except for the last phase."

Don't confuse 'except' with 'expect' though. The two words are spelt differently and have completely different meanings.

To 'expect' can mean to believe that something is going to happen.

"I expect all of you to pass your English test next week."

It can also mean to think that someone will be somewhere.

"I was expecting him to be at the gym today."

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