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"Unless" is a conjunction which is often translated as "a menos que", and "except" is a preposition which is often translated as "excepto". Learn more about the difference between "unless" and "except" below.
unless(
uhn
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lehs
)
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (except)
a. a menos que
It is not possible to understand binary unless you have studied it. Es imposible entender binario a menos que lo hayas estudiado.
b. a no ser que
Unless you arrive early in the morning, the wait for breakfast can be about an hour. A no ser que llegues temprano por la mañana, la fila para el desayuno será aproximadamente de una hora.
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except(
ehk
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sehpt
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (not including)
a. excepto
I have visited every country in Central America except Panama.He visitado todos los países centroamericanos, excepto Panamá.
b. salvo
I lost all of my keys except the one to my house.Perdí todas mis llaves salvo la de mi casa.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to exclude)
a. exceptuar
People are just stupid, present company excepted, of course.La gente es tonta, exceptuando a los aquí presentes, claro.
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