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Difference between Except for something and Except something

except for something

1. apart from smth.; not considering smth.:

  • The streets were eerily empty, except for a few cars rushing here or there.

2. if it were not for smth.:

  • It seems that work is ready to proceed there, except for lack of funding.

except somethingwith the exclusion of smth.:

  • It seemed that every house except ours had a Christmas tree.

Note: Neither expression fully correlates in meaning with the phrase with the exception of something

1. = except for something 1:

  • The streets were empty, with the exception of a few vendors who wanted an early days’ start.

2. = except something:

  • Due to the fog all the flights (with the exception of ours) were cancelled.