These words are often confused. They sound very similar but they have very different meanings.



  • To hold something as true. Example: I accept she may have been tired, but that's still no excuse. 
  • To receive something willingly. Example: I accept this award on behalf of the whole cast.
  • To answer yes (especially to an invitation). Example: The minister would love to accept the invitation to your ball, but she has a prior engagement.



To express your willingness to do something, you have to use agree with a to-infinitive.

Accept is not possible in this case.

  • She agreed to come. (= She expressed her willingness to come.) (NOT She accepted to come.)
  • They agreed to part ways amicably. (NOT They accepted to part ways amicably.)
  • My sister has agreed to look after my babies when I am away.


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