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    beside and next to

    Tom is sitting beside John. Can we use "next to" here?
    The bank is next to the drugstore. Can "beside" used here?

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    Re: beside and next to

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    Tom is sitting beside John. Can we use "next to" here?
    The bank is next to the drugstore. Can "beside" used here?
    I think you can say "Tom is sitting next to John". I don't think it's a good idea to use "beside" instead of "next to" in your second sentence.

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    Re: beside and next to

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I think you can say "Tom is sitting next to John". I don't think it's a good idea to use "beside" instead of "next to" in your second sentence.
    (Not sure why - I'll try to think of a reason.)

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    Re: beside and next to

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    (Not sure why - I'll try to think of a reason.)

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    I'm not sure either. I use these words automatically.

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    Re: beside and next to

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    Tom is sitting beside John. Can we use "next to" here?
    The bank is next to the drugstore. Can "beside" used here?

    Hi Daisy


    Yes, you can use "next to" in your sentence.

    "Beside" means :
    -close to
    -by the side of
    -next to
    e.g. Come, sit beside me. [next to]

    Don`t use "besides" which means "in addition to."

    e.g. Besides me, John and Mary will be there.
    Regards

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    Re: beside and next to

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi Daisy


    Yes, you can use "next to" in your sentence.

    "Beside" means :
    -close to
    -by the side of
    -next to
    e.g. Come, sit beside me. [next to]

    Don`t use "besides" which means "in addition to."

    e.g. Besides me, John and Mary will be there.
    Regards
    How about "Except" and "besides"?


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    Tom is sitting beside Joe is
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    except and besides are chalk and cheese.


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    #8

    Re: beside and next to

    Your sentences are correct. And you can also say "The bank is beside the drug store" or "Tom is sitting next to John."
    Some may prefer one preposition over the other, but the meaning stays the same and both are grammatically correct. (At least in standard American English.)

    -Lola (native American English speaker, ESL teacher)

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    Re: beside and next to

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (Not sure why - I'll try to think of a reason.)
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    I think it's something to do with permanence. This isn't a very strong influence, but I think (in BE) a building tends to be next to another, rather than beside it.

    The same doesn't apply to people though: John is next to Mary = John is beside Mary.

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