Michael Swan writes in his Practical English Usage, "Except (for) is only used to talk about exceptions to generalisations. In other cases, without or but for may be preferable. Compare:
Without/But for your help, I would have failed.
(NOT Except for your help, I would have failed.)"
Do native speakers of English in their casual conversation care about the above rule?
If I say, "Except for your help, I would have failed," does it sound strange to native speakers of English?
Re: Except for/Without
It sounds strange to this English speaker.
Originally Posted by Snappy
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