Standard English Grammar Test 19
Test # 19
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We can use exceptor except for after all, any, every, no, anything/body/ one/where, everything/body/one/where, nothing/body/one/where, and whole— that is to say, words which suggest the idea of a total.
In other cases we usually use except for, but not except.
He ate everything on his plate except (for) the beans. We use except, not except lor, before prepositions and conjunctions.
He ate the whole meal except (for) the beans.
He ate the meal except for the beans.
(NOT . . . except the beans.)
I've cleaned all the rooms except (for) the bathroom.
I've cleaned the whole house except (for) the bathroom. I've cleaned the house except for the bathroom.
(NOT . . . except the bathroom.)
We're all here except (for) John and Mary.
Except for John and Mary we're all here.
It's the same everywhere except in Scotland.
She's beautiful except when she smiles.
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