Common mistake Collocation: exception to/of

Common Mistakes in Collocation: Exception To/Of

Collocation refers to the natural pairing of words that commonly occur together in a language. It is important to use the correct collocations to convey your intended meaning. One common mistake people make is using the wrong preposition in certain collocations, such as "exception to" and "exception of".

The Correct Collocation: "Exception To"

The standard collocation for the word "exception" is "to", not "of". For example:

  • Incorrect: The company makes an exception of late submissions.
  • Correct: The company makes an exception to late submissions.

In this context, the word "exception" indicates allowing something that is usually not allowed. Using "exception to" correctly conveys the meaning that the company is making an allowance for late submissions.

Linguix grammar checker can help you identify and fix this common mistake by suggesting the correct preposition "to" in the collocation "exception to".

Another Common Mistake: "For" Instead of "To"

Another collocation mistake people often make is using the preposition "for" instead of "to" in a different context. For example:

  • Incorrect: Did you mean \1 \2 \3 for?
  • Correct: Did you mean \1 \2 \3 to?

In this context, the correct collocation is "mean to" instead of "mean for". Using "mean to" accurately conveys the intention or purpose behind an action.

By using the Linguix grammar checker, you can easily spot and correct this mistake to ensure your writing is clear and accurate.

Collocation: exception to/of mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    This is an exception of the guidelines.

    This is an exception to the guidelines.

  • Correct:
    This is an exception to the guidelines.
  • Correct:
    We are all poor swimmers with the possible exception of Jack.
  • Incorrect:
    I'll make an exception to you.

    I'll make an exception for you.

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