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Definition of except preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also except for)
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  1. 1  used before you mention the only thing or person about which a statement is not true synonym apart from
  2. 2 We work every day except Sunday. They all came except Matt. I had nothing on except for my socks. This door should remain locked except in an emergency. Which Word?besides / except (for) / apart from The preposition besides means “in addition to”:What other sports do you like besides football?You use except (for) when you mention the only thing that is not included in a statement:I like all sports except (for) football.You can use apart from with both these meanings:What other sports do you like apart from football? I like all sports apart from football.
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