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    Using the Right Word: accept, except

    Monday, May 18, 2009

    The verb accept means "to receive" or "to believe."

    The preposition except means other than, and the verb means "leave out."

    The supervisor accepted Lu's reason for being late for work.

    Everyone - except Lu and the supervisor - had remembered to switch to daylight savings time.

    Only in rare cases are employees excepted from the policy on punctuality.

    (From Write for Business, page 223, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 35)

    Using the Right Word: a, an

    Friday, May 15, 2009

    The rule for choosing between the article a and the article an is simple:

    A is used before words beginning with a consonant sound; an is used before words beginning with a vowel sound.

    a hotel
    a unified team

    an understanding
    an honest mistake


    (From Write for Business, page 223, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 35)