If one thing is beside another, it is next to it or at the side of it.
Beside the shed was a huge tree.
I sat down beside my wife.
Besides is used as a preposition to mean `in addition to’ or `as well as’.
And besides making vitamin D, sunshine also helps to lower blood pressure.
There was only one person besides Jacques who knew Lorraine.
You can also use besides to introduce a clause beginning with an -ing form.
He writes novels and poems, besides working as a journalist.
Besides being good company, he was always ready to try anything.
Be careful! You must use an -ing form in sentences like these. Don’t say, for example, ‘
He writes novels and poems besides he works as a journalist’ .
In addition, you can use besides as an adverb when you are making an additional point or giving an additional reason that you think is important.
I’ll only be gone for five days, and besides, you’ll have fun while I’m away.
The house was too big. Besides, we couldn’t afford it.
Find out more in our English Usage article.
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