“That’s why I’m so annoyed by the fact that nobody’s been able to compromise: everybody votes everything else down apart from their own perfect solution. I have made a very considerable compromise.”

(Ken Clarke - the British MP.)

What is the exact meaning of the preposition "apart from" in the MP's remark? Does it mean: excluding (their own perfect solution)?


Yes, exclusion is the concept, but exclusion to the advantage or sole consideration of something else; I would word it as:

...everybody votes everything else down in favor of their own perfect solution.

Certain moderators on this forum habitually dismiss all alternative interpretations in favor of their own perfect solutions.

Hi there. I am new to this forum. I think it does. It means excluding or beside. It is a frequently used word so it is better to know it.