Beside versus Besides

What is the Difference Between Beside and Besides?


When to Use Beside

The word beside (without the “s”) functions as a preposition and its most common definition is at the side of; next to.

  • My best friend will always stand beside me.

    Beside also has a few figurative definitions: in comparison with; on equal footing with.

    When to Use Besides

    The word besides (with the “s”) can function as both an adverb and a preposition.

    As an adverb, besides is defined as in addition to, as well; moreover, furthermore.

  • I’m perfectly willing to take on more work and, besides, I want to.

    As a preposition, besides is defined as in addition to; apart from.

  • Besides the award, there was a write-up in the local paper.


    Summary

    Even though these words are very close to each other in spelling, it’s best to observe the distinctions that separate beside vs. besides.

    Beside is a preposition that means nearby; at the side of.

    Besides is an adverb and a preposition and means in addition to; as well and apart from.

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