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Wolfie the amazing grammar dogAn Anna Grammar Page

Dear Anna,

I would like you to help me out here. I have trouble explaining the difference between 'except' and 'except for', and I do not seem to find many examples.

I would appreciate your help.

Martha
Argentina


Dear Martha

When except is followed by a verb, we usually use the infinitive without “to”.

For example:
You can’t do anything except hope and pray.
He’ll do anything except work.
NOTE: “but” can be used too.

Except is also used with... that…

For example:
In general she was happy, except that she couldn’t spend enough time reading.

When except is followed by a thing or a person, it is usually followed by “for”.

For example:
They enjoyed the whole recital except for the last song.
The party was great, except for the shortage of ice.

I hope you are satisfied, with no exceptions.

Kind regards
Anna Grammar


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