beside and besides - the difference
Beside means next to.

Besides means apart from or and another thing.

Writers sometimes confuse the words beside and besides.


The word beside is a preposition. It means close to or next to.

  • Come and sit beside me.
  • Your hat is beside the dog basket.


The 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. Apart from Craig, who else...)
  • Besides, it's not just about determination.
  • (Besides is an adverb in this example. Furthermore, it's not just...)

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