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Monday, June 16, 2008

Besides vs. Except FROM Pearson and Longman Grammar Q & A

Additionally, when apart from or except for (NOT besides) introduce exceptions to generalizations, they mean the same thing: they mean that what follows immediately is the only exception to the category. You can not use "besides" (as in (n) and (p) below) to introduce the exception first in a sentence, as you can in (m) and (o):

(m)

Except for / Apart from his asthma, the Olympic swimmer is in perfect health.

(n)

NOT POSSIBLE: Besides his asthma, the Olympic swimmer is in perfect health.

(o)

Except for / Apart from the early morning flight, all the flights to California make a stop in Chicago.

(p)

NOT POSSIBLE: Besides the early morning flight, all the flights to California make a stop in Chicago.

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