I was helping to explain the difference between "except for" and "except" and my friend made two example sentences. Those two sentences being:

I like those except apple


I like those except for apple

They sound unnatural to me, but I am unsure whether they are incorrect or not. Can someone please explain this sentence to me and if it is correct or not?

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    If someone said, "I like orange, apple, pineapple, grape, blueberry, cherry, and strawberry." Someone could then say, "I like those [too] - except [for] apple." (Square bracketed words are optional) But without context, the word those has no antecedent.
    – Jim
    Commented Jul 30, 2018 at 5:40
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    @Jim So it's correct if there is proper context? Ah, that makes sense. Thank you so much!
    – Incose
    Commented Jul 30, 2018 at 6:02

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Both sentences are correct. The second reads most naturally. However both read rather unnaturally.

A more natural sentence would be:

I like all of those except for apple.

But that is probably just personal preference.

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