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    Exclamation Using Except and Except For in a sentence.

    I am a native speaker but now I attend a normal school in Taiwan.
    We have lessons created in dialogues, and we are required to memorize the sentences in the lesson dialogue.
    Today we had a test and I forgot the correct sentence that came with the dialogue, so I randomly translated it from Mandarin to English.

    I wrote:
    Everything is fine except for your finger.

    The sentence in the dialogue:
    Everything is fine except your finger.

    I asked the teacher if it was fine adding "for", but he said he didn't think it was appropriate.
    I was confused because I remember seeing many of "except for"s used in books.

    Please help ><

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    #2

    Re: Using Except and Except For in a sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole Huang View Post
    I am a native speaker but now I attend a normal school in Taiwan.
    We have lessons created in dialogues, and we are required to memorize the sentences in the lesson dialogue.
    Today we had a test and I forgot the correct sentence that came with the dialogue, so I randomly translated it from Mandarin to English.

    I wrote:
    Everything is fine except for your finger.

    The sentence in the dialogue:
    Everything is fine except your finger.

    I asked the teacher if it was fine adding "for", but he said he didn't think it was appropriate.
    I was confused because I remember seeing many of "except for"s used in books.

    Please help ><
    It's fine with or without "for".

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    #3

    Re: Using Except and Except For in a sentence.

    'Except for' is natural before noun phrases.

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    #4

    Re: Using Except and Except For in a sentence.

    Thank you both for the help :)

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    Re: Using Except and Except For in a sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'Except for' is natural before noun phrases.
    I find it sounds redundant unless the verb structure accepts that preposition (for).

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