Hello my little wonders!
I do not know what the weather is like in your hometown, but where I’m located, it’s all gray (or grey, if you’re in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand), and rainy, which makes my fairy wings flutter in excitement! Think of all the blooming flowers and rainbows that exist thanks to rain!
But I’ve gone off on a tangent. Let’s get back to grammar!
Today’s lesson, as you might’ve guessed from the title of this post, is the difference between accept and except. Just because two words sound the same, it doesn’t mean you get to pick and choose which one you’d like to plug into a written sentence.
Accepting the Truth
So what’s the difference between them, you ask? Let me enlighten you:
When you accept something, it means you are consenting or agreeing to whatever is being offered. For example, if Ricky Martin asks you if you want a lap dance, you say yes. No questions asked; no looking at your schedule to see if you’re otherwise engaged. You accept. Period.
Except means excluding something: “I don’t have time for any of this stuff, except if Ricky Martin were to show up and offer me a lap dance, then yes, I do have time.”
“I like all kinds of latin heartthrobs, except El Chapo. I have better standards than that (plus, that mustache doesn’t really do it for me, either).”
This should really be drilled into everyone’s brain; because homophones were part of my fourth grade curriculum, and I didn’t even grow up in an English speaking country. Get with the program, darlings. You can borrow books for free from any library. #ReadingIsFundamental
The Fairy Godwriter