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# "except" or "but except"

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15 Aug 2016, 11:21
I wonder we should use "except" or "but except".

For example, in OG16

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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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
(B)need, except for Spanish translations of certain books, which he
(C)need, accept for Spanish translations of certain books, which he
(D)need, with the exception of certain Spanish translations of books which he
(E)need, but there are few books in Spanish which he

Answer is B >> why the answer of this one is not A ?

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15 Aug 2016, 16:21
The second statement's correct answer is B because A is a sentence fragment with a semicolon. The second part of the sentence can not stand by itself.
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15 Aug 2016, 20:21
These are two very different questions but for the first one we need to have "but" to establish contrast.

The intent is to demonstrate a paradox, it's a British colony however aside from X and Y, they don't speak English.

Eccepting is not even a word so that's how I would narrow that down.

The reason is incorrect is because of the semicolon. The semicolon is only appropriate when a period would also work. That's not the case here, it would not be a complete sentence if you put a period in place of this semicolon with A.

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17 Aug 2016, 06:05
2) To use semi-colon, two statements should be independent and must be related to each other.
In the question above, second statement is not independent sentence. so semi-colon can not be used and hence Option B is correct.
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19 Jul 2017, 21:14
jaja10120 wrote:
I wonder we should use "except" or "but except".

For example, in OG16

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

However, in Gmatclub free test

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
(B)need, except for Spanish translations of certain books, which he
(C)need, accept for Spanish translations of certain books, which he
(D)need, with the exception of certain Spanish translations of books which he
(E)need, but there are few books in Spanish which he

Answer is B >> why the answer of this one is not A ?

Can be "but except in the domains of administration and teaching" considered an independent clause? I'm confused because there is no subject here.
Re: "except" or "but except"   [#permalink] 19 Jul 2017, 21:14
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