Grammar – 除了……以外

除了……以外 [ chúle…yǐwài ] 

除了…以外 has two meanings. It can either mean “except”, “aside from”, or “in addition to”, “besides”.

Structure:

Frame the exception or the addition by putting 除了 in front and 以外 at the end.

除了 [something] 以外 + rest of the sentence

1. except, aside from:

Basic structure: 除了 + …… + (以外) , …… + 都 

除了你(以外),大家都写完了。

chúle nǐ ( yǐwài ) ,dàjiā dōu xiě wán le。 

Everyone except you has finished writing.

除了这个词(以外),我都看得懂。

chúle zhège cí(yǐwài), wǒ dōu kàndedǒng。

I understand all of it except for this word.

2. in addition to, besides:

Basic structure: 除了 + …… + (以外) , …… + 还/也

除了唱歌以外,我还会跳舞。

chúle chànggē yǐwài,wǒ hái huì tiàowǔ。 

In addition to singing, I can also dance.

除了茶以外,我也喜欢喝咖啡。

chúle chá yǐwài, wǒ yě xǐhuan hē kāfēi。

As well as tea, I also like to drink coffee.

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