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## Mauritius was a British Colony for almost 200 years

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#### Mauritius was a British Colony for almost 200 years

Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:59 am
Mauritius was a British Colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.

(A) excepting for
(B) except in
(C) but except in
(D) but excepting for
(E) with the Exception of

OA: B vs C. Which one is better and why. If C then isn't comma + but construction is wrong????

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Mauritius was a British Colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.
Consider:
(E) with the exception of

if we changed it to "but with the exception of", would the resulting sentence be acceptable?

I.e. would the following sentence be acceptable?
Mauritius was a British Colony for almost 200 years, but with the exception of the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.

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Mauritius was a British Colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.
Consider:
(E) with the exception of

if we changed it to "but with the exception of", would the resulting sentence be acceptable?

I.e. would the following sentence be acceptable?
Mauritius was a British Colony for almost 200 years, but with the exception of the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.
Generally, an introductory prepositional modifier serves as an ADVERB modifying the verb in the following clause.
Sentence above:
With the exception of the domains, the English language was never really spoken.
Here, the introductory prepositional modifier in red seems to modify spoken -- the verb in the following clause -- conveying the following meaning:
The English language was never really spoken with the exception of the domains.
This portion in blue does not convey a logical meaning.

OA: Except in the domains, the English language was never really spoken.
Here, the introductory prepositional modifier in red correctly modifies spoken, conveying the following meaning:
The English language was never really spoken except in the domains.
Here, the portion in blue conveys a logical meaning, expressing WHERE the English language was spoken:
It was spoken IN THE DOMAINS.

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Sat May 13, 2017 5:41 am
Mauritius was a British Colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.
Consider:
(E) with the exception of

if we changed it to "but with the exception of", would the resulting sentence be acceptable?

I.e. would the following sentence be acceptable?
Mauritius was a British Colony for almost 200 years, but with the exception of the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.

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Mauritius was a British Colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.
Consider:
(E) with the exception of

if we changed it to "but with the exception of", would the resulting sentence be acceptable?

I.e. would the following sentence be acceptable?
Mauritius was a British Colony for almost 200 years, but with the exception of the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.
Generally, an introductory prepositional modifier serves as an ADVERB modifying the verb in the following clause.
Sentence above:
With the exception of the domains, the English language was never really spoken.
Here, the introductory prepositional modifier in red seems to modify spoken -- the verb in the following clause -- conveying the following meaning:
The English language was never really spoken with the exception of the domains.
This portion in blue does not convey a logical meaning.

OA: Except in the domains, the English language was never really spoken.
Here, the introductory prepositional modifier in red correctly modifies spoken, conveying the following meaning:
The English language was never really spoken except in the domains.
Here, the portion in blue conveys a logical meaning, expressing WHERE the English language was spoken:
It was spoken IN THE DOMAINS.

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Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:26 am
Frankenstein wrote:
aspirant2011 wrote:
Ok so what I can make out from your above post is this that two independent clauses cannot connect through a comma though they can be connected through a but??????.......please correct me if I am wrong.......
Hi,
Minor correction: Two independent clauses can be connected using comma+but, not just but.
Thanks a lot Frankeinstein...........

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aspirant2011 wrote:
Ok so what I can make out from your above post is this that two independent clauses cannot connect through a comma though they can be connected through a but??????.......please correct me if I am wrong.......
Hi,
Minor correction: Two independent clauses can be connected using comma+but, not just but.

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