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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:
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The Four Language Skills

language-skills-200x200To learn a language (in this case English), you must master different language skills.

To communicate effectively, you need to be able to speak, write, read and listen.

Speaking and writing are productive language skills, this means that you have control over what you are saying or writing and the vocabulary you use.
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