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comment Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?
@EdwinAshworth it sort of sounds the idea of the question is to adjudicate between native speakers who think 'Except [noun phrase]' is acceptable and those who think it is not (using authorities as a way of judging). the authorities themselves usually avoid indulging in those kinds of debates because it undercuts the general trend (among linguists and english teachers) away from prescriptive theories of language use. i've tried to interpret the question as about why "Except + [noun phrase]" is rare in usage today.
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comment Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?
@user21820 sure, here's one from 2007: Except tetanus immunization overall health status of the rural women in these two villages was found vulnerable. (these are quite rare, though)
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comment Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?
@user21820 fair enough. I'll change out some of the examples.
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comment Is the following ungrammatical expression common in speech?
This is casual speech and it sounds grammatical to me. I'd paraphrase it as "Dont' be ashamed. It was cute, in the way a shy teenager's behavior is cute." If you are learning English and you are reminding yourself that every sentence should have a subject, and a verb; that is a good rule of thumb but is not always observed in casual speech.
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answered Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?
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comment Clauses in Sentences
That is a fine way to analyze it. However, a minimal clause in English is not always S-V-O. It depends on the verb. There may or may not be an object and there may be arguments other than the object. Also the constituent order may vary for stylistic reasons or in special clause types (such as questions or relative clauses).
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comment Is there a term to describe a woman that looks at men purely as objects of sex
i have heard "empowered" used this way before.
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revised Do you know the meaning of the American idiom “pot calling the kettle black”?
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comment Do you know the meaning of the American idiom “pot calling the kettle black”?
The 1620 citation is attributed to Shelton's Don Quixote translation.