Beside vs Besides – Confusing Vocabulary

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There is a nice café in the building beside the building that my office is in. Besides coffee, they have some nice pastries and cakes, as well as nice New York style bagels. Beside the café, there is a donut shop. I’m not a big fan of donuts. I think they are too sweet, and besides that, they are fattening!

For today’s free English Lesson, we are going to look at two prepositions that are often confused, beside and besides. Have a look at the paragraph above once more and then check the lesson.

Beside means next to and we use generally use beside to show the physical location of something:

  • There is a nice café in the building beside the building that my office is in.
  • John is standing beside his boss in the photo.
  • I put the printer beside my desk in the office.

Besides means in addition to:

  • Besides coffee, they have some nice pastries and cakes.
  • Besides being sweet, I think donuts are not healthy.
  • Besides tennis, Jack plays golf and soccer.

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