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When to use ‘except’ and when to use ‘except for’?

We use except for before noun phrases. Example: The classroom was empty except for a little boy at the back of the room. We also often use except (for) after generalizing words like ‘all’ ‘any’ ‘every’ ‘no’ ‘everything’ ‘anybody’ ‘nowhere’ ‘nobody’ ‘whole’. Example: He ate everything on his plate except (for) the spinach. Nobody came … Continue reading

When to use ‘besides’, ‘except’ and ‘apart from’

The words besides, except and apart from are sometimes confused. Here’s a note on how to use each of these properly: ‘besides’ usually adds; it is like saying ‘with’ or ‘plus.’ Example: Besides English and French, he can also speak Spanish. [He speaks three languages] ‘except’ substracts; it is like saying ‘without’ or ‘minus.’ Example: … Continue reading

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