When I hear people say I accept especially in the U.S., it sounds like they are saying "I except". What is the correct pronunciation?
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Accept and Except are homonyms in many British and American accents.
I myself would have to use considerable effort to try to make them sound different -- and I speak in a very neutral British accent.
This explains why they are so often confused in written English.
In the UK, the pronunciation would be "Ack-Sept" but the first vowel sound gets mangled in various ways across the country.