WORDS OFTEN CONFUSED

accept/except

accept: To take willingly something that has been offered (it is with great pleasure that I accept your invitation to present the prizes at the graduation ceremony); to agree to or admit responsibility (we will accept the student’s version of events when we receive confirmation; we accept that we have a duty to ensure that our employees are paid); to concede (I will have to accept that you are a better sportsman than I am)

except: To exclude or leave out (we can all go to the movies except Jeremy, as he has the measles)

adverse/averse

adverse: Contrary or antagonistic (the adverse weather made us reconsider our plans for a picnic; they could never agree, because their opinions were so adverse)

averse: To be ...

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