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What is the difference between beside and besides?
Beside means next to.
Besides means apart from or and another thing.
Beside and Besides
Writers sometimes confuse the words beside
sound similar, but their meanings are quite different.
The word beside
is a preposition
It means close to
or next to
- Come and sit beside me.
- Your hat is beside the dog basket.
means in addition to
or apart from
. As an adverb
it means furthermore
or and another thing
- Besides Craig, who else caught a bass?
(Besides is a preposition in this example. It means apart from.)
- Besides, it's not just about determination.
(Besides is an adverb in this example. It means furthermore.)
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