besides

beside, besides
Beside is only used as a preposition meaning ‘next to’

• (He heard Lee come up beside him —A. Hassall, 1989)

whereas besides is both an adverb meaning ‘also, moreover’

• (Besides, it was not the first disappointment —S. Studd, 1981)

and a preposition meaning ‘as well as’

• (Besides newsstands and supermarket checkouts, books are pumped out through mail-order clubs —Economist, 1993

• They have nothing in common besides being terribly sexy —Eye Weekly (Toronto), 2003).

Beside also occurs in fixed expressions, e.g. to be beside oneself, beside the point, but it should not be used in a general way, as in ☒Beside their homework, they have letters to write, when besides is needed.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Besides — Be*sides, prep. Over and above; separate or distinct from; in addition to; other than; else than. See {Beside}, prep., 3, and Syn. under {Beside}. [1913 Webster] Besides your cheer, you shall have sport. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Besides — Be*sides , Beside Be*side , adv. [OE. Same as beside, prep.; the ending s is an adverbial one, prop. a genitive sign.] 1. On one side. [Obs.] Chaucer. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. More than that; over and above; not included in the number, or in what… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • besides — adv moreover, furthermore, *also, too, likewise besides adv & prep *beside …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • besides — [bisīdz′] adv. [ME < BESIDE + adv. gen. (e)s] 1. in addition; as well 2. except for that mentioned; else 3. moreover; furthermore prep. 1. in addition to; as well as 2. other than; except …   English World dictionary

  • besides — index also, further, save Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • besides — attested from c.1200 (common after c.1400), from BESIDE (Cf. beside) + adverbial genitive s. Once sharing all the senses of beside, now properly limited to in addition to, otherwise …   Etymology dictionary

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  • besides */*/ — UK [bɪˈsaɪdz] / US adverb, preposition Summary: Besides can be used in the following ways: as a preposition (followed by a noun): Did you talk to anyone else besides Joan? as an adverb (without a following noun): I ve read all the books on the… …   English dictionary

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