Summary: The differences in usage between beside and besides.
By: Richard Flynn |Audience: All|Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes
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.