English Lesson: Besides Vs. Except

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Jack is a busy guy. Besides working in the supermarket, he has a part time job in a small book store. Except Fridays, he works both jobs every day. The book store has several other employees besides Jack. In fact, it is a family business, so except Jack, everyone there is related. Do you know someone like Jack?

Today we are going to look at the difference between besides and except. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson.

Besides is used to show inclusion. Besides means something/someone plus another something/someone

  • Besides working in the supermarket, Jack has a part time job in a small book store John works in the supermarket, plus he works in the book store.
  • The book store has several other employees besides Jack.Jack works in the book store and other people work there too.
  • Besides John and his wife, Frank and Mary are coming to the party.
  • Besides my family, my husband’s coworker’s will be there.
  • Besides pasta, they are serving steak and salad.

Except is used to show exclusion. Except means something/someone but not another something/someone

  • Except Fridays, Jack works both jobs every day. Jack works both jobs every day but not Friday.
  • Except Jack, everyone there is related. Everyone there is related, but Jack is not.
  • Except John and his wife, all of our friends are coming to the party.
  • My husband’s coworkers, except his boss, will be there.
  • We have every kind of food, except pasta.

Can you tell the difference between these two sentences?

  1. Besides me, everyone likes pizza
  2. Except me, everyone likes pizza

Number one means everyone + me likes pizza. Number two means I don’t like pizza, but all of the others do.

Thanks for studying with me today. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know your request for a one point lesson!

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