Beside VS. Besides

A lot of people get confused with these two words because they think they both are the same or one is the plural of another. Either way, this is not the case. (9 minutes activity)

Beside VS. Besides, a lot of people get confused with these two words because they think they both are the same or one is the plural of another. Either way, this is not the case.

It is easy to confuse ‘beside’ and ‘besides’, but they are not one and the same thing. Beside is a preposition, whereas besides works as both a preposition and an adverb, and although besides is sometimes used in place of beside, they have a distinct meaning.

Beside means by or at the side of/next to/close to.
For example, Leo was beside himself with excitement. At times, this phrase “To be Beside oneself” can be used to express strong emotion, be it happiness or sadness.

As a preposition, besides means in addition to or apart from/except.
For example, What are you working on besides the research project? In this sentence, the word, besides is used to gather more information (working on what else) in addition to the information already provided (working on a research project).

As an adverb, besides means furthermore.
As in, He was not selected because he did not have a good grasp of his concepts. Besides, he did not seem very keen.

Now let us see how besides and beside are used in the same sentence.

For example, Can you see anything beside the lion?
In this case, beside means ‘next to’ the lion.

For example, Can you see anything besides the lion?
In this case, besides means, ‘except’ the lion, can you see else.

Beside Examples

Your wallet is beside the kettle.
Your hat is beside the dog basket.

Besides Examples

There are three other Latvian families on the cruise besides us (i.e., apart from us).
Besides, I doubt Aegon Targaryen is even his real name.

As mentioned above, the distinction between the two words is sometimes ignored. Test yourself with this Beside VS. Besides quiz.

 

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