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Is the following use of with the exception of natural?

The contract may not be terminated, with the exception of a medical reason.

I'd appreciate your help.

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    No, it is not idiomatic, "except for" is what you want. With the exception of Fido, all of the dogs are long-haired. The object of the phrase (here, Fido) must be of the same type as the subject in the main clause. With the exception of Bill, everyone here plays golf. The object of the exception-phrase is singled out of its class. In your example, "medical reason" is not a member of class "contract". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 11 '17 at 13:50
  • How about "Students are not allowed to bring any animals to the school, with the exception of service dogs"? Here, "animals" is the object of the verb "bring." – Apollyon Nov 11 '17 at 13:53
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    I will broaden it to say that the exception refers to any plural noun in the main clause, whether grammatical subject or object. He gave her his keys, with the exception of the key to the garage. The important fact relevant to your question is that the exception must belong to the nominal class from which it is being singled out. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 11 '17 at 14:06
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    And it needn't be confined to subject or object, and the class need be only semantically plural: With the exception of {Thursdays}, I'm in the city {every day this month}. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 11 '17 at 14:13
  • Can I use "except in the case of" in my original example? 'The contract may not be terminated, except in the case of a medical reason." – Apollyon Nov 12 '17 at 2:37

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