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    Rachel Adams is offline Key Member
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    "Except" in my sentence

    Is my use of "except" correct?

    "There are three additional cottages in the yard. Except the main house tourists can stay in any of them."

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    Re: "Except" in my sentence

    No. You could reorder the sentence and add a preposition to fix it.
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    Re: "Except" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. You could reorder the sentence and add a preposition to fix it.
    Do you mean "except for"? Aren't they synonymous?

    I read that both can be used https://dictionary.cambridge.org/ru/...-or-except-for

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    Re: "Except" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Do you mean "except for"? Aren't they synonymous?

    I read that both can be used https://dictionary.cambridge.org/ru/...-or-except-for
    The dictionary puts "for" in parentheses ("brackets" in British English) to show it's optional in some cases, but not in this example, which is similar to yours: Except for Louisa, who’s away in Berlin this weekend, we’ll all be at the party.
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    Re: "Except" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    As you are speaking about three additional cottages, there is no need for the 'Except the main house'
    I mean the main cottage of the owner cannot be used by tourists.

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    Re: "Except" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The dictionary puts "for" in parentheses ("brackets" in British English) to show it's optional in some cases, but not in this example, which is similar to yours: Except for Louisa, who’s away in Berlin this weekend, we’ll all be at the party.

    Aren't they similar? "They all came except Matt."

    https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionari...ept_1?q=Except

    P. S. I am not arguing. I am just trying to understand the difference.

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    Re: "Except" in my sentence

    The terms can be synonyms. They aren't always interchangeable. Few synonyms are.
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