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    confused again on besides and except

    An English channel in Shanghai reported earlier on police busting prostitutes disguised as masseuses. The narrator was heard saying 'massage, we don't do anything besides massage' , evidently interpreting a frightened masseuse's Chinese words into English.

    My question is: was 'besides' correctly used here? I know 'but' could have been a good choice in that context, and how about 'except'? Thank you.

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    Re: confused again on besides and except

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    An English channel in Shanghai reported earlier on police busting prostitutes disguised as masseuses. The narrator was heard saying 'massage, we don't do anything besides massage' , evidently interpreting a frightened masseuse's Chinese words into English.

    My question is: was 'besides' correctly used here? I know 'but' could have been a good choice in that context, and how about 'except'? Thank you.
    "Besides" "but" and "exept" are all fine.

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