Often Confused Words: Beside / Besides (with Quiz)

besides-besides-200x200Beside and besides are two words which are often confused by learners of English.

Beside means: next to, alongside, adjacent to (preposition).
Besides means: in addition to, apart from (preposition) /  anyway (adverb, used to give another reason or make an extra comment about something)

Let’s look at a few examples:

Besides our cat, we have two fish and a hamster. (In addition to our cat, we have two fish and a hamster)
The library is beside the town hall. (The library is next to the town hall)
Terry: “Tom, I really don’t want to go to the party tonight! Besides, Bryony will be there and you know I don’t like her!” (The second sentence is another reason for Terry not to go to the party)

To test yourself, I’ve prepared a little quiz for you:

Beside / Besides

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