In other cases we usually use except for, but not except.
- He ate everything on his plate except (for) the beans.
He ate the whole meal except (for) the beans.
He ate the meal except for the beans.
(NOT . . . except the beans.)
I’ve cleaned all the rooms except (for) the bathroom.
I’ve cleaned the whole house except (for) the bathroom. I’ve cleaned the house except for the bathroom.
(NOT . . . except the bathroom.)
We’re all here except (for) John and Mary.
Except for John and Mary we’re all here.
- It’s the same everywhere except in Scotland.
She’s beautiful except when she smiles.