excepting


excepting
excepting
is correctly used as a preposition instead of except when it follows not (or another negative) or always:

• His comprehensive knowledge of the Lakes stood above that of all the men of his time, not excepting Wordsworth —J. Sloss et al., 1984.

An alternative, though less usual, construction is…Wordsworth not excepted. Examples of uses in which except would be preferable are:

• ☒ Faith had left all her jewellery, excepting mother's pearl and ruby eternity ring, to Dorothea Shottery —Susan Hill, 1969

• ☒ More than other governments, excepting that of the Soviet Union, they developed cultural policies designed to defend culture and French culture in particular —R. Gildea, 2002.

Worse still is to use excepting in this way followed by a that-clause:

• ☒ I cannot describe it excepting that it was one of the most wonderful things I ever saw or heard in my life —history website, BrE 2003 [OEC].


Modern English usage. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Excepting — Ex*cept ing, prep. & conj., but properly a participle. With rejection or exception of; excluding; except. Excepting your worship s presence. Shak. [1913 Webster] No one was ever yet made utterly miserable, excepting by himself. Lubbock. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • excepting — index palliative (excusing), save, unless Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • excepting — ► PREPOSITION ▪ except for; apart from …   English terms dictionary

  • excepting — [ek sep′tiŋ, iksep′tiŋ] prep., conj. EXCEPT …   English World dictionary

  • excepting — preposition used to introduce the only thing or person in a group about which a statement is not true: O Rourke answered all the questions excepting the last one. | always excepting: Dogs are not allowed in here, always excepting guide dogs …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • excepting — [[t]ɪkse̱ptɪŋ[/t]] PREP You use excepting to introduce the only thing that prevents a statement from being completely true. [FORMAL] The source of meat for much of this region (excepting Japan) has traditionally been the pig. Syn: except for …   English dictionary

  • excepting — As used in a deed, the terms reserving and excepting are used interchangeably, and their technical meaning will give way to the manifest intent. Porter v. Warner Caldwell Oil Co., 183 Okl. 1, 80 P.2d 252, 253. The words reserving and excepting,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • excepting — As used in a deed, the terms reserving and excepting are used interchangeably, and their technical meaning will give way to the manifest intent. Porter v. Warner Caldwell Oil Co., 183 Okl. 1, 80 P.2d 252, 253. The words reserving and excepting,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Excepting — Except Ex*cept , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Excepted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Excepting}.] [L. exceptus, p. p. of excipere to take or draw out, to except; ex out + capere to take: cf. F. excepter. See {Capable}.] 1. To take or leave out (anything) from a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • excepting — /ik sep ting/, prep. 1. excluding; barring; saving; with the exception of; except: Excepting the last chapter, the book is finished. conj. 2. Archaic. except; unless; save. [1540 50; EXCEPT2 + ING2] Syn. 1. See except1. * * * …   Universalium


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