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    Hi,

    I had a question which I have been always concerned about .I can not use "waive" and "exempt" in the right context.For instance in the following sentence ,

    * The foreigners are exempt / are exempted from the rule .
    * She waived her right to a lawyer
    * TOEFL is waived for those coming from Australia.



    I don't know when I should use exempt or when I should use waive.I would appreciated to help me.

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    Re: Question

    A rule, a right, or a requirement are waived.

    You have a right to a lawyer. You can waive that right.
    People are required to complete the TOEFL. If you are from Australia, that requirement is waived.


    If a rule does not apply to you, you are exempt from that rule.
    In the example above, people from Australia are exempt from the requirement.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Question

    People or groups of people are exempt; a "thing" or groups of things are waived.

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