Beside and BesidesWriters sometimes confuse the words beside and besides. Beside and besides sound similar, but their meanings are quite different.
BesideThe word beside is a preposition. It means close to or next to.
- Come and sit beside me.
- Your hat is beside the dog basket.
BesidesThe preposition besides 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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