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except for - idiom

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26 Jan 2008, 08:33
The university library offers most of the resources Ronald will need. Except for Spanish translations of certain books, which he will have to request from a neighboring university.
 need. Except for Spanish translations of certain books, which he
 need, except for Spanish translations of certain books, which he
 need, accept for Spanish translations of certain books, which he
 need, with the exception of certain Spanish translations of books which he
 need, but there are few books in Spanish which he

Is except for an idiomatic expression? Why is D incorrect?

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26 Jan 2008, 17:59
B.

B says "except" and D says except = "with the exception of"...

Go with the simpler form if the meaning is same.

Whats OA ?
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27 Jan 2008, 00:09
suntaurian wrote:
B.

B says "except" and D says except = "with the exception of"...

Go with the simpler form if the meaning is same.

Whats OA ?

It is B, but "except for" sounded so bad to me...

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27 Jan 2008, 04:29
"Except for" is also a proper usage in english grammar.
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01 Feb 2008, 10:20
I have recently seen a similar question that used this idiom - OG10 #101.

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01 Feb 2008, 10:40
The university library offers most of the resources Ronald will need. Except for Spanish translations of certain books, which he will have to request from a neighboring university.
A] need. Except for Spanish translations of certain books, which he
Cannot be a independent sentense
B] need, except for Spanish translations of certain books, which he
Hold it
C] need, accept for Spanish translations of certain books, which he
accept ???
D] need, with the exception of certain Spanish translations of books which he
wordy option "with the exception of"="except for" (
E] need, but there are few books in Spanish which he
"few books in Spanish" is not the same meaining as "Spanish translations of certain books"

B seems to be correct.

Please anyone could confirm/explain the elimination of option E

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03 Feb 2008, 22:27
A) need. Except for Spanish translations of certain books, which he [Definitely not]
B) need, except for Spanish translations of certain books, which he [Hold it]
C) need, accept for Spanish translations of certain books, which he [changing the meaning]
D) need, with the exception of certain Spanish translations of books which he [“with the exception of” = implies error]
E) need, but there are few books in Spanish which he [firstly, why to change the sentence tense to simple present and secondly “but” is appropriate to introduce a contradictory point of view to what has been stated]

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08 Feb 2008, 18:19
I guess there is nothing wrong with "with the exception of...". It is just that it is wordier (and thus not the best choice), right?

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04 Jun 2011, 23:45
is' nt B all wrong ????

B) need, except for Spanish translations of certain books, which he

As per my knowledge. There is no exception to the rule that "which" is a touch modifier.
SO which modifies books in B, while it is supposed to talk about translations ?

can someone clarify this ?
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08 Jun 2011, 03:57
B is right

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15 Jul 2011, 03:57
B it is for me.

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04 Mar 2014, 07:08
khanshainur wrote:
I think the answer is B, but I wasn't sure how to eliminate choices D and E

Hi - Let me explain why D & E are incorrect

D - is actually fine gramatically. But it is very wordy, it waffles on a bit. When you have 2 that both seem gramatically correct - pick the simple one

E - changes the meaning. It goes from Spanish Translations to Spanish books. These are not the same.

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