Hi all,

I am a Japanese and not a native speaker of English.
I have a question about usage of these words.
After looking them into in some dictionaries, I have found that I can use both 'except' and 'except for' as prepositions.
And then, I picked up some examples.

1.'I wouldn't have accepted anything except a job in Europe ...'
2.'I don't take any drugs whatever, aspirin for colds ...'
3.'Children who take exams early will be allowed to drop a subject except in the case of maths, English and science.'
4.'Our group except me was admitted to the bar.'
5.'He hadn't eaten a thing except for one forkful of salad ...'
6.'Everyone was late, except for Richard.'

Though I collected some examples, I don't understand in what kind of cases I should use 'except', not 'except for'.
To tell the truth, I asked a native English speaker this question, but he just said, "It depends on the sense as a native".

Please tell me the difference of the usage.

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Hi Curious T,
Sorry for the delay.
The English used in Australia has traditionally been almost identical to British English, but is changing - as is British English. I American movies, T.V. shows etc. are affecting everyones English to one extent or another.
In answer to your question,
'Everyone was gone except for me' and 'everyone was gone except me' both sound O.K. to me.

By the way, what style of English do you reckon you use Curious? (whatever it is, it is good!!!) Emotion: smile
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Thank you for your reply. So your judgments are in line with Susie's. I can't wait to learn where Yoko's teacher is from.

I've received part of my education in the US, so I'd say my English is leaned toward American English. But my first encounter with English was through audio tapes my father brought back from Australia!Emotion: wink

I hope there weren't too many references to 'Shielas' or 'Fossies' in those tapes Emotion: smile
It was more than 20 years ago, so I don't remember a thing.... Emotion: sad
What are Shielas and Fossies?

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'Shiela' is Australian slang for girl, and 'Fossies' is for Fosters Beer. Emotion: wink
I see. I bet there were no references to them because those tapes were for kids! Emotion: big smile

Even American slang is sometimes difficult for me to understand, let alone Australian slang! Do you know of any good website for Aussie slang by any chance?

Oh, by the way, the expression "A dingo ate..." is of Australian origin, isn't it?

Hello Mike,

It really was so good of you to investigate this usage,
I am also thankful to Curious T and Susie Smith.

From now I read lots of postinds by many kind people.
If I find what I don't understand, I would like to ask you again.

Until then,
Thousand thanks!!

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Hello CuriousT,

Nice to meet you, and thank you for your posting.
I'm really happy to know a lot of ideas of these words.

Anyway, I'll tell you about my teacher.
He is a Canadian, who spells in the British style and pronounces in the peculiar accent of North America.
If I remember correctly, he is from the west area of Canada and his ancestors came from England.

Is the difference of English usage big among English-speaking lands?

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