GRAMMAR – EXCEPT vs. EXCEPT FOR

EXCEPT means “not including” or “besides.” You can use either EXCEPT or EXCEPT FOR as a conjunction to introduce a clause containing the only thing that was not included in the main part of a sentence:
Everybody came to the party, EXCEPT/EXCEPT FOR Jonah.
He ate everything on the plate, EXCEPT/EXCEPT FOR the broccoli.
I have no time in my schedule, EXCEPT/EXCEPT FOR an hour on Friday.

You can use EXCEPT FOR when you want to show that the statement in the main part of the sentence is not completely true:
My vacation was great, EXCEPT FOR the rain. (So, not completely great because of the rain).
I finished cleaning the whole house, EXCEPT FOR the bedrooms. (So, I didn’t completely clean.)
We drank all the liquor, EXCEPT FOR one case of Gin. (So, we didn’t completely drunk.)

You can use EXCEPT followed by a few different grammatical patterns:

EXCEPT + AN INFINITIVE:
I never go to the mall, except to buy presents.

EXCEPT + A BASE VERB:
I don’t do anything except work in the office.

EXCEPT + A PREPOSITION:
There are no good stores except in the mall.

EXCEPT + THAT + SUBJECT + VERB
He’s great, except that he is always late.

Except or Except For

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Nobody helped me _______ Giuliana.

2 / 12

Nobody came _______ Tommy and Julie.

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I have cleaned the whole house _______ the bathroom.

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He ate everything on his plate _______ the broccoli.

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These days I don’t do anything _______ work in the office.

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They brought all their toys _______ the Lego.

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All the boys passed the test _______ Luca.

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I never go to the mall, _______ to shop for Christmas presents.

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Everyone stood up _______ John.

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All the guests have arrived _______ two.

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You can’t buy those spices anywhere _______ at an Indian grocery store.

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He does not know any language _______ French.

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