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    anything else except

    1. Is there anything we can do to help except publicize the search for your daughter, which we're trying to do?

    2. --Is there anything else I can get for you except the scarf?
    --No. That should be it. Thanks a lot.

    Sentence 1 is from Corpus of AE, and sentence 2 is from our test paper.
    My questions are:
    Could we use '...besides publicizing...' in sentence 1? And
    could we replace the 'except' of sentence 2 with 'besides' without changing the meaning of the sentence?

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 19-Apr-2008 at 07:01. Reason: a spelling mistake

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    Smile Re: anything else except

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    1. I there anything we can do to help except publicize the search for your daughter, which we're trying to do?

    2. --Is there anything else I can get for you except the scarf?
    --No. That should be it. Thanks a lot.

    Sentence 1 is from Corpus of AE, and sentence 2 is from our test paper.
    My questions are:
    Could we use '...besides publicizing...' in sentence 1? And
    could we replace the 'except' of sentence 2 with 'besides' without changing the meaning of the sentence?

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    In the case of the first example, I'd actually prefer the usage of "besides" or "aside from" rather than "except."

    Thus: 1.Is there anything we can do to help aside from [or besides] publicizing the search for your daughter?

    In the second case, yes, you can change the word and it will not change the meaning.


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    Re: anything else except

    the meaning of sentence (1) is of 'as well as', 'in addition to' so that 'besides' is far the preferable choice as you suggest. The use of 'except' might have been appropriate if the imaginary sentence were:

    Is there anything we can do to help except publicize the search for your daughter, which is more the role of newspapers than we, the Red Cross.

    In sentence (2) except would make sense if the meaning of the sentence was: I will buy nothing but a red scarf. You do not have a red scarf. The salesman keeps pushing for a sale:
    Is there nothing else else I can get for you except the scarf?

    Otherwise, again, 'besides' is the far better choice.

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