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This post gives an excellent explanation about the difference among “besides”, “except” and “apart from”. Although some other website visitors and I can’t understand clearly the different between except and except for.

We only use “except for” in statements which are NOT general statements (rule_1) and do NOT come after generalising words. (rule_2)

that post marks this sentence as right

I like animals except for hamsters (YES)

and marks this one as wrong

I like animals except hamsters (NO)

obviously, these examples applies rule_2, since there is no generalising words at all.

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What about rule_1, is "animals" part a general statement?

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  • You've found a website owned by a guy with no credentials except that he claims to be a teacher of English as a second language. I've never heard of his rule, and neither have many people who are cataloged in the Corpus of Contemporary American English.
    – user105719
    Jan 26, 2020 at 9:29

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