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Two independent clauses without FANBOYS is a run on splice. FANBOYS is required to join them. Option (C) uses the correct form of except.

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

Remember FANBOYS acronym? Two independent clauseS must be connected with a conjugation and hence some conjugation is required. Only C and D have conjugation but which sounds good. So, A, B and E out.
A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of

but excepting for sounds awkward and wrong too. Hence answer is C.

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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.

we have two complete sentences (Subject + Verb), so we need a FANBOYS (but). --> A, B and E are out.
The right idiom is except, not excepting --> D is out --> C is correct.

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of
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snowbirdskier wrote:
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. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

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


The sentence includes two independent clauses, so a conjuntion should be used to connect two clauses. A, B, E out

"excepting" in D modifies "the English language" --> awkward

C is the winner


A "Excepting for" is not a conjunction.
B "Excepting for" is not a conjunction.
C Correct
D "Excepting for" is not the right idiom.
E "With the exception of" is not a conjunction.

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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.


Meaning:
Mauritius was a British colony for a pretty long time i.e. almost 200 years. The sentence presents a contrast after the comma. Though Mauritius was a British colony, english language was never really spoken on the island except in domains of administration and teaching.


Error:
1) Comma+verb ing is incorrect here and the placement of the modifier does not really make sense.
2) As the sentence presents a contrast, we need a contrast word such as but.


Let's have a look at the choices:
A - excepting for INCORRECT
B - except in INCORRECT (It distorts the meaning of the sentence)
C - but except in CORRECT (But (FANBOYS) after the comma correctly connects two independent clauses)
D - but excepting for INCORRECT
E - with the exception of INCORRECT
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The OA is C on this one (I don't know who said differently). B is a run-on sentence. If you start the clause with "except," it's independent, so you should've had a period or semicolon.

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but according to my knowledge independent clause must have subject and verb and i am unable to find subject and verb in this sentence
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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 - Run on sentence
B - except in - Run on sentence
C - but except in - Correct - conjunction(FANBOYS) needed to join to two independent clauses
D - but excepting for - excepting for is unidiomatic
E - with the exception of - Run on sentence

Answer C
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The OA is C on this one (I don't know who said differently). B is a run-on sentence. If you start the clause with "except," it's independent, so you should've had a period or semicolon.

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but according to my knowledge independent clause must have subject and verb and i am unable to find subject and verb in this sentence
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Hi rishabhmishra ,
The subject and verb in the two independent clauses have been color coded .


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

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rishabhmishra wrote:
TommyWallach wrote:
The OA is C on this one (I don't know who said differently). B is a run-on sentence. If you start the clause with "except," it's independent, so you should've had a period or semicolon.

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but according to my knowledge independent clause must have subject and verb and i am unable to find subject and verb in this sentence
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Hi rishabhmishra ,
The subject and verb in the two independent clauses have been color coded .


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

Hope this helps!! :)

thanks bro but after , but dr is no subject and verb if its independent clause dr must be one then it will became clause

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thanks bro but after , but dr is no subject and verb if its independent clause dr must be one then it will became clause

Hi rishabhmishra,

before the but:

i) Subject: Mauritius
ii) Verb: was


after the but:

i) Subject: the English language
ii) Verb: was

Also, it may be useful to note that presence/absence of a verb/subject does not differentiate an independent clause from a dependent clause. Both these types of clauses (independent and dependent) have a subject and a verb.

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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.

Meaning : Although Mauritius was a British colony for 200 years, English was never really spoken on the island except in the domains of admin and teaching.

A. excepting for
The preposition “for” is incorrect as we want to say “in the domains of X and Y”..
Also, “excepting” is incorrect we need “except”
Contrast word is NOT present hence changing the meaning…and two Independent clauses cannot be joined by a comma alone..

B. except in
Contrast word is NOT present hence changing the meaning…and two Independent clauses cannot be joined by a comma alone..

C. but except in
Correct

D. but excepting for
As explained in A “excepting” and “for” both are incorrect

E. with the exception of
“except in” is much more precise and succinct…plus lack of contrast word changes the meaning… and two Independent clauses cannot be joined by a comma alone..
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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 ==> usage of "excepting" is incorrect, also, instead of "for" the it should have "in" - Furthermore, this is a run on sentence as it is not connected with the help of a FANBOY connector

B - except in ==> Missing the FANBOY connector, ideally a connector that can describe a contrast between two sentences. "but" will be appropriate usage here.

C - but except in ==> CORRECT - Usage of FANBOY correctly connects two independent clauses, and usage of "in" is also correct.

D - but excepting for ==> usage of "excepting for" is incorrect

E - with the exception of ==>Run on sentence as the sentence is not connected with the help of a FANBOY connector. And usage of "with the exception of" is also incorrect.

Hence, Answer is C
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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. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

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

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Imo C

We need to show contrast that in spite of being a colony for almost 200 years English was not spoken in that country .

Only C and D remain .
D uses verb-ing modifier which is wrong
So C is our answer
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