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The Oxford dict gives this example of except.

"except" is the word I was considering. I searched it on Oxford dict, and got the sentence above.

Is the sentence an example of the word "except"

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for the word "except"

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about the word "except"?

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Example is usually paired with of. See this ngram.

Usually, it's an example of [a noun].

  • Your dog is an example of good training.
  • That poem is a good example of a haiku.
  • My cookbook has several examples of French cooking.

More rarely, we can have "example for" in sentences like:

  • You need to set a good example for your younger siblings.
  • This merger sets an example for other companies to follow.

"Example about" is uncommon.

  • Thanks for your answer. "an example of [a noun]" is a good formula to help me to understand the usage though, except is [a preposition]. Does the formula apply too? – fu DL Sep 18 at 2:15
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    I should have said noun or noun-phrase. "Except" here isn't functioning as a preposition. It's functioning as shorthand for "the word 'except' " so the general rule does apply in this case. – Katy Sep 18 at 2:29

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