Confusable words #10: without/except
Quiz: Which word is correct? (Answers below)
1) I can play all rock instruments except/without drums.
2) He passed all his exams except/without maths.
3) Don’t go out today except/without an umbrella.
4) Today we will discuss next year’s budget topics, except/without salary increase.
5) I’m not ready yet, so go ahead except/without me.
6) She went home except/without apologizing for the error.
7) Everyone was satisfied except/without me.
8) You can put all trash into this bag except/without plastic.
9) I shouldn’t try to do this except/without fully understanding it.
10) This restaurant serves all kinds of Japanese food except/without sashimi.
“Except” is used to mean that something/somebody is not present in the situation, or not part of the situation.
“I like all music except jazz.”
“Everybody attended the meeting except John.”
“I work every day except Saturdays and Sundays.”
“I always have breakfast except on Sundays.”
“Without” means that something/somebody was excluded, but that all others were present.
“They started the meeting without John because he was late.”
“He answered without hesitation.”
“I worked all day without a break.”
“I left home this morning without having breakfast.”
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