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hello grammarians today we're going to talk about two sets of frequently confused words here and here and except vs. except these words are pronounced very similarly to one another but they have very different meanings and so what I'm going to try and do is define these words for you and then come up with mnemonic devices memory aids to help you keep them straight the word here har is a verb and it means to listen to sense something with your ears the word H e re here is an adverb and it signals that something is close by so an example for the verb here is to say I hear a bird song I hear bird song oh so lovely those are beautiful bird there's it's beautiful song and we're hearing it now in order to remember that H EA R involves listening I like to point out that it actually contains the word ear the very device that we use to hear things in the first place that's a human er alright they're here ear lobe tragus your scaphoid ha ha parts of the year so just remember that here contains the word ear here the adverb however let's use this and an example the secret treasure should be right here in order to keep this one straight I like to remember that here rhymes with near which is what it means right when something is here it's directly next to you or near you so for here with an a there's an ear in it too but with here with an e it's it's nearness to you next the words except and except these are pronounced very slightly differently so except here is a verb and it means to go along with or to receive and then I accept this gift in the name of Spain and accept on the other hand is a conjunction and a preposition which can kind of be used the same way that but is used sort of it in everything but way so so for example I like every vegetable except zucchini which isn't true I like zucchini a great deal but you can see how it's being used like but it's kind of exclusionary which is how we're going to tell the difference between these two words this gives us the basis for our mnemonic so remember that except is spelled e XC EPT which is also the first three letters of a similar word exclude so except exclude stuff and except is spelled ACC EPT so we're going to say that's very similar to access so except with an a bring something in and except with an e keep something out you can learn anything Dave it out