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What is the difference between 'beside' and 'besides'?

What is the difference between 'beside' and 'besides'?

The words beside and besides are often confused because of their similar spelling. In this article, we explain the difference between them.

Beside means next to; at the side of when used as a preposition.

Besides means other than, except, also, moreover when used as a preposition.

A good way to remember the difference is It's Beside the Bed Side.

Out of the two words, 'beside' is the most common.



Beside and Besides are often confused because they look almost identical, and they are both prepositions. Here's how to use them correctly.

Beside is a preposition that means next to or by the side of. It is used to describe a location (beside the couch) or compare nouns (the risks are low beside the benefits).

Besides is a preposition that can mean other than or except for (no one besides him can do it). It can also function as an adverb that means furthermore, moreover.

Is the expression 'To Be beside yourself' or 'To Be besides yourself'?

The correct expression is 'To Be beside yourself'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Is the phrase 'and , besides ,' or 'and , beside ,'?

The correct phrase is 'and , besides ,'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Is the correct expression ', and besides ,' or ', and beside ,'?

The correct phrase is ', and besides ,'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

What's the right phrase 'besides those already mentioned' or 'beside those already mentioned'?

The right phrase is 'besides those already mentioned'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

What's the right phrase ', and , besides' or ', and , beside'?

The right expression is ', and , besides'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the correct phrase 'bosom besides Hester Prynne' or 'bosom beside Hester Prynne'?

You should use 'bosom besides Hester Prynne'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Some synonyms of besides are: as well, too, in any case, likewise, also, furthermore, moreover. A synonym of beside is: next to.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary and Merriam-Webster.

Dictionary Definition of besideDictionary Definition of besides

Examples of beside in a sentence

There were two of them, a young girl with the candle and an older woman beside her.
- The wandering fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
Beside them another case hung on the wall next to a gun safe.
- Touch of Darkness by C. T. Adams; Cathy Clamp
To think that he’d sat in that same chair with his sister beside him only hours before.
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels
The severity of his tone was belied by the continuing conversation of his peers beside him.
- The Rise and Fall of a Dragonking by Lynn Abbey
They prettily crossed their legs as a woman took her place beside the keyboard player.
- Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren

Examples of besides in a sentence

Besides, it’s happening all over.
- Death of an Outsider by M. C. Beaton
Besides, Kevin thought, the Kings must be feeling it too.
- The wandering fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
The idea of the flip book was an annoying distraction, besides being commercial suicide.
- Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
Besides, I was pretty sure he’d be insulted.
- Touch of Darkness by C. T. Adams; Cathy Clamp
Who else could it be besides Presley Wells?”
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels

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