Beside or Besides

Beside or Besides


Beside is a preposition and means next to . Besides, on the other hand, means in addition to or apart from. If used as an adverb, it means furthermore or something extra.

E.g.

I sat beside Ramona all through the party.

Or, Besides Ramona, everyone else from our class did not go to the party.

Test your understanding - Choose the correct sentence from the pair of sentences given below

1
a. Please come and stand beside me and let us cook the dish together.
b. Please come and stand besides me and let us cook the dish together.

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ANSWER: Please come and stand beside me and let us cook the dish together.



2.
a. All of us beside Mr P Nair, will be attending the conference on pollution tomorrow.
b. a. All of us besides Mr P Nair, will be attending the conference on pollution tomorrow.

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ANSWER: b. a. All of us besides Mr P Nair, will be attending the conference on pollution tomorrow.



3.
a. The policemen broke into the house and besides the diamond necklace, found all the stolen articles.
b.The policemen broke into the house and beside the diamond necklace, found all the stolen articles.

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ANSWER: a. The policemen broke into the house and besides the diamond necklace, found all the stolen articles.



4.
a. His father gave him a choice for his birthday...everything else besides the motor cycle.
b. His father gave him a choice for his birthday...everything else besides the motor cycle.

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ANSWER: b. His father gave him a choice for his birthday...everything else besides the motor cycle.



5.
a. The man sitting beside the telephone pole assists you to fill your form properly.
b.The man sitting besides the telephone pole assists you to fill your form properly.

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ANSWER: a. The man sitting beside the telephone pole assists you to fill your form properly.


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