beside and besides - the difference
 
Beside means next to.

Besides means apart from or and another thing.
 

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Writers sometimes confuse the words beside and besides.

Beside

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

Examples:

Come and sit beside me.

Your hat is beside the dog basket.

Besides

The preposition besides means in addition to or apart from.  As an adverb, it means furthermore or and another thing.

Examples:

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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See also:

What are prepositions?
What are adverbs?
List of easily confused words




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