WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: except, besides, apart from, unlessexceptmeans 'not including' or 'but not'• They invited everyone except Julie.besidesmeans 'in addition to'• Besides Italy (NOT except Italy), I would like to visit France and Spain.apart fromcan be used with either meaning• I ate everything apart from (OR except) the soup. • What do you like doing apart from (OR besides) swimming?except is not used to introduce another clause. Use unless or except if, except when, except while, except that• We won't go unless you really want to (NOT except you really want to). • I cycle to work, except when it rains (NOT except it rains). In spoken English, people sometimes leave out 'that'• The play went well, except (that) a few people forgot their lines. ➔ See alsoexcept
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.