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Is it correct to say, 'The exception is when' ? For example, 'The exception is when there is a party'.

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It is correct. Here is a quotation from the Oxford Dictionaries site, found in a discussion of a different topic:

Direct speech within direct speech

As we saw above, the rule in American English is to use double quotation marks for direct speech. The exception is when a piece of direct speech is quoted within another piece of direct speech, in which case the internal quote should use single quotation marks.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/punctuation/inverted-commas-quotation-marks

  • Does your answer not miss the point of the question? – Ronald Sole May 10 '18 at 18:02
  • I should have thought that quoting an example of "The exception is when..." on Oxford Dictionaries directly addressed the question. Please clarify how I missed the point. – Michael Harvey May 10 '18 at 18:08
  • The answer, while giving an example of the construction, seems to me to be more informative about the use of quotation marks than of why it is - or is not - correct. – Ronald Sole May 11 '18 at 6:43
  • That is a good point. – Michael Harvey May 11 '18 at 7:40
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No one may wear shorts to school. The exception is when there is a party.

That's fine.

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