What’s the difference between beside and besides? A lot of English learners ask me that question and it’s a great question. Let’s look at how we use beside and besides in everyday English. First, read the paragraph below:
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 aren’t so healthy!
The preposition beside means next to or at the side of. 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.
The preposition besides means in addition to or apart from.
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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