I ate everything except the sour apple.
✗ I ate everything accept the sour apple.
I cannot accept that apple. It's sour.
✗ I cannot except that apple. It's sour.
When you use the word "except", something is being left out.
Everyone went to the party except for Tom.
Tom did not go to the party, but everyone else did.
The word "accept" means to receive something with permission.
It's not perfect, but I can accept your paper.
The speaker is willing to take the paper.
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