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While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
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Verb

Infinitive
to except

Third person singular
-

Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
-

to except (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To exclude; to specify as being an exception.
    • 2007, Glen Bowersock, ‘Provocateur’, London Review of Books 29:4, p. 17:
      But this [ban on circumcision] must have been a provocation, as the emperor Antoninus Pius later acknowledged by excepting the Jews.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To take exception, to object (to or against).
    • 1658, Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial, Penguin 2005, p. 23:
      The Athenians might fairly except against the practise of Democritus to be buried up in honey; as fearing to embezzle a great commodity of their Countrey
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 96:
      he was a great lover of music, and perhaps, had he lived in town, might have passed for a connoisseur; for he always excepted against the finest compositions of Mr Handel.

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Preposition

except

  1. With the exception of; but.
    There was nothing in the cupboard except a tin of beans.

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Conjunction

except

  1. With the exception (that); used to introduce a clause, phrase or adverb forming an exception or qualification to something previously stated.
    You look a bit like my sister, except she has longer hair.
    I never made fun of her except teasingly.
  2. (archaic) Unless; used to introduce a hypothetical case in which an exception may exist.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, p. 34:
      they seeme to have so much the lesser feare to mistake or forget themselves, which also notwithstanding being an airie bodie, and without hold-fast, may easily escape the memorie, except it be well assured.

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