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English Grammar  

BESIDE  vs  BESIDES
The difference and use explained.


Beside is a preposition meaning 'next to' or 'at the side of'.
It tells us where something is located.

Besides can be both a preposition and an adverb.
As a preposition, besides means 'apart from', 'other than' or 'as well as'.
As an adverb, besides means 'in addition to' or 'moreover'; 'furthermore'.
We use the adverb to introduce additional information or to give an extra reason for something.

 BESIDE 

Meaning 'next to' or 'at the side of':

- “Peter sat beside Charlie on the bus.”
- “Come and sit
beside me so we can have a chat.”
- “Hugo stood
beside his car, waiting for Stella to arrive.”
- “
Beside the shed there was a huge cherrry tree.”
- “The cinema is
beside the post office.”
- “The phone is always
beside the bed in hotels.”
- “When Melanie runs in the park, her dog runs
beside her.”
- “We keep a fire extinguisher right
beside the door to have in case of fire.”

Idioms with 'beside':
Beside the point
If something is beside the point, it is unrelated to the topic or is irrelevant.
"We need to know if he's qualified for the job."
"The fact that he plays golf is beside the point!"

Beside yourself (with emotion):
If you are beside yourself with emotion, you lose your self-control because of the intensity of your feelings.
"Jack was beside himself with grief when he lost his son."

 BESIDES 

Preposition meaning 'apart from', 'other than' or 'as well as':

- “Besides the birthday cake, there will be pastries and ice-cream.”
- “There was only one other person I knew besides Bruno.”
- “Besides Anna, who else attended the inauguration?”
- “Is there anything besides frozen food in your kitchen?”
- “Besides the medal, the winner also receives a cash prize.”
- “What are you studying besides English?”
- “Besides her busy role as a mother, Elizabeth runs a charity.”

 BESIDES 

Adverb meaning 'in addition to', 'moreover', 'furthermore':

- “The restaurant serves delicious food. Besides, we know the owner.”
- “Sam is not qualified for the job in Paris and, besides, he doesn’t speak French.”
- “The apartment was too big. Besides, we couldn't afford it.”
- “The repair work is ok. Besides, it’s on the inside, so nobody is going to notice it!”
- “I’d prefer to walk than to drive. Besides, I don’t have a car.”
- “I don’t really want to go running, and besides, it’s too cold today.”
- “The boarding school is not far away, and besides, you can come home every weekend.”

When ‘besides’ is followed by a verb, the verb must be in the -ing form.
- “Anna has many qualities besides being a wonderful pianist.”
- “Barry writes articles for the newspaper
besides working as a teacher.”
- “Besides being captain of our team, he also runs the junior club.”

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