Besides | Meaning, Definition & Example Sentences
Besides can be used as a preposition meaning “ except” or “in addition to.” It can also be used as an adverb meaning “as well” or “moreover.”
Examples: Besides in a sentenceI’ve never loved anyone besides you!
Besides being a writer, Sophie is a painter.
Tyra wasn’t free on the night of the party.
Besides, she wasn’t even invited.
How to use besides in a sentence
Besides can be used as a preposition meaning “except” or “in addition to.”
Examples: Besides as a prepositionJen likes all fruit besides apples.
Besides the posters, Zayne has designed two flyers for his campaign.
It can also be used as an
adverb meaning “as well” or “ furthermore.” When it introduces a sentence or independent clause, it’s followed by a comma.
Examples: Besides as an adverbAt the theater, there’ll be singers and rappers and more besides.
You have to stay home and study.
Besides, there’s no room in the car.
Beside or besides
Beside and besides are related words, but they don’t have the same meaning and shouldn’t be used interchangeably.
Beside (no “s”) is a preposition meaning “next to.” It can also be used to mean “compared with,” though this meaning is less common (e.g., “My handwriting looks awful beside yours”).
Besides (with an “s”) has various meanings including “except,” “as well as,” and “furthermore.” Unlike “beside,” it doesn’t refer to literal physical proximity.
Examples: Beside vs besides
The post office is
besides the Capitol. The post office is
beside the Capitol.
Gina has done nothing today
beside traveling. Gina has done nothing today
besides traveling. Besides the point or beside the point
Beside the point is an expression used to describe something as “irrelevant” or “unimportant.” While “besides the point” is sometimes used by mistake, it’s incorrect and should be avoided.
Examples: Besides the point vs beside the point
besides the point that the call was important. You shouldn’t have been driving while using your phone. It’s
beside the point that the call was important. You shouldn’t have been driving while using your phone. Besides that
Besides that means “other than that” or “in addition to that.” “That” is used in this expression to refer back to a thing you have previously mentioned. If it introduces a sentence or independent clause, it’s followed by a comma.
Examples: Besides that in a sentenceDanny enjoys writing fanfiction. I don’t know much about him besides that.
Lorenza designs and builds furniture.
Besides that, she sings in the local choir.
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Frequently asked questions
Is it “beside” or “besides”?
Beside and are related words, but they don’t have the same meaning. besides
Beside is a preposition meaning “next to.” It can also be used to mean “compared with.”
Besides can be used as a preposition and . It has various meanings including “apart from,” “in addition to,” and “moreover,” but isn’t used for literal physical closeness. adverb
Is “besides” a preposition?
is a besides preposition meaning “apart from” (e.g., “Laura doesn’t like hot drinks besides cocoa”). It can also be used to mean “as well as” (e.g., “ Besides traveling, Angie enjoys cooking”).
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