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# Mauritius

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11 Jan 2011, 12:34
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116. Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years,
excepting for the domains of administration and
teaching, the English language was never really
spoken on the island.

(A) excepting for
(B) except in
(C) but except in
(D) but excepting for
(E) with the exception of
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11 Jan 2011, 16:11
Expert's post

First of all I saw the list of all idioms on this board in excel format and I didn't find it.

Secondly i have searched on different site and nothing

Yet, i have found this

Use Except Correctly:

Use except as a preposition to mean excluding or but. "Everyone went to the party except Jonathan."

Use as a conjunction to mean only, or with the exception, often followed by the word "that." "The twins are identical except that one has longer hair than the other."

Use as an idiom to mean "if it weren't for" something. "Sandra would go back to college except for lack of time and money."

Use as a verb to mean to exclude or leave out, or to object. "Let's except that item from the list."

I picked B for POE (not so far away, indeed)...........
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12 Jan 2011, 05:02

very good question!

the problem with B is incorrect comparison.
'Mauritius is a colony except in these domains' does not make much sense ... Mauritius can be either a colony or not a colony

C is not a very good option but it is still the best.
C correctly uses 'but' to connect two sentences

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12 Jan 2011, 11:44
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tonebeeze wrote:

116. Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years,
excepting for the domains of administration and
teaching, the English language was never really
spoken on the island.

(A) excepting for
(B) except in
(C) but except in
(D) but excepting for
(E) with the exception of

A, B and E: "but" is missing. Without it, it would sound like Mauritius was not a british company in the domains of administration and teaching...
D: the preposition "in" is necessary here and I'm not sure that "excepting" is followed by a preposition ("excepting sth")

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12 Jan 2011, 16:15
Geronimo wrote:
tonebeeze wrote:

116. Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years,
excepting for the domains of administration and
teaching, the English language was never really
spoken on the island.

(A) excepting for
(B) except in
(C) but except in
(D) but excepting for
(E) with the exception of

A, B and E: "but" is missing. Without it, it would sound like Mauritius was not a british company in the domains of administration and teaching...
D: the preposition "in" is necessary here and I'm not sure that "excepting" is followed by a preposition ("excepting sth")

=> C

Exactly. You need the "but" to convey the message of the sentence. You can tell from the complete sentence that there is a contradiction since "Mauritius was a colony" and "English was never really spoken". This is why you would need a "but" in your answer, which helps you to eliminate (A), (B) and (E) very quickly. Leaving it to (C) and (D), (D) does not make much sense as an answer because the gerund is not applicable here.
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