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    Dear teachers,

    I find 'except' and 'except for' confusing.

    No.1
    Everyone was there except for Sally. Could you please explain if there is any difference between this sentence and 'Everyone was there except Sally'?

    No.2
    _________you have no objection, we will have the meeting in your room.
    a. Provided b. Except
    The key is 'a'. If I choose 'b' the sentence means "If you have objection" is that right? This is confusing.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: except

    No.1
    Everyone was there except for Sally. Could you please explain if there is any difference between this sentence and 'Everyone was there except Sally'?
    No, there is no difference.
    No.2
    _________you have no objection, we will have the meeting in your room.
    a. Provided b. Except
    The key is 'a'. If I choose 'b' the sentence means "If you have objection" is that right? This is confusing.

    'Except you have no objection...' doesn't mean anything.

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    Re: except

    Dear bhaisahab,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    What does "'Except you have no objection...' doesn't mean anything" mean?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No.1
    Everyone was there except for Sally. Could you please explain if there is any difference between this sentence and 'Everyone was there except Sally'?
    No, there is no difference.
    No.2
    _________you have no objection, we will have the meeting in your room.
    a. Provided b. Except
    The key is 'a'. If I choose 'b' the sentence means "If you have objection" is that right? This is confusing.

    'Except you have no objection...' doesn't mean anything.

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    Re: except

    It means that if you choose b/ except, for the blank, the sentence is meaningless. The correct answer is 'provided'. The only way that 'except' could be used is as; 'We will have the meeting in your room, except if you have any objections'.

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    Re: except

    Dear bhaisahab,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It means that if you choose b/ except, for the blank, the sentence is meaningless. The correct answer is 'provided'. The only way that 'except' could be used is as; 'We will have the meeting in your room, except if you have any objections'.

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