Beside & besides

Summary: The differences in usage between beside and besides.

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First Published: 12th Dec. 2006 | Last Edited: 25th Jan. 2019

Besides and beside are two words that are often confused. Grammatically, besides is an adverb or a preposition, and beside a preposition.


Beside means next to:

  • A house beside the sea
  • She sat beside her friend.


As a preposition, besides means in addition to or apart from

  • What are you studying besides English? (in addition to)
  • Who was there besides Jon? (apart from)

As an adverb, besides means as well or furthermore.

  • He was scruffy and badly prepared. Besides, he turned up late for the interview.



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