Sunday, October 16, 2011

Shall we Accept Except or Shall we Except Accept?

What's wrong with these written sentences?

"We except them. They were excepted."
"They were an acception."

In the first line, what is actually being said is, "They are excluded. They are not part of us." What people often think they are saying is, "We accept them. They are part of us."

The second line actually makes no sense.

So, yeah, it bugs me when people think they are writing, "We accept them," when they are really saying, "We exclude them."

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