Accept or Except
Use accept when you mean “to receive, to believe, or to acknowledge.”
Example: Hawkins cannot accept criticism easily
Use except when you mean “to leave out.”
Example: Send her all the apples, except the rotten ones we set aside.
When you are referring to a noun, use exception.
Example: Allowing you to leave early would be an exception to the rules.
Words for You
Here you’ll find answers to your questions about which of several words is the correct word to use.
A lot or alot
Use a lot when you mean “many.”
Right: I have a lot of phone calls to make.
Do not use alot; it is not a word.
WRONG: I have alot of tasks for you to do.
A or An
Use a when the next word starts with a consonant.
I need a chair.
Use an when the next word starts with a vowel.
I ate an apple.
Exception: When the next word starts with a word that makes a “y” sound, use a.
Tiny Tim’s “sweet sonic oscillator” is a euphemism for a ukulele.