One thing that I notice when reading is the improper use of near-homophones, or words that sound closely alike, are spelled differently, and have different meanings. When we read widely, we’re more likely to notice the difference between words like accept and except when they are written.
For this reason, new and beginning writers are often unaware they habitually misuse common words until they begin to see the differences in written words.
Let’s look at two of the most commonly confused words, accept and except. People, even those with some higher education, frequently mix these two words up in their casual conversation.
Accept (definition) to take or receive (something offered); receive with approval or favor.
- to accept a present.
- to accept a…
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