Easily Confused: BESIDE Vs BESIDES

These two words are confused all the time! Let’s Look at the difference:

BESIDE is a preposition.
It means (1) by the side of or next to something or someone:

  1. “Tasha sits beside Jamal in English class.”
  2. “My Alarm clock is beside my bed.”

or (2) in comparison to something:

  1. “The cost of the project seems small beside the potential profits.”

BESIDES is a preposition and an adverb.
As a preposition it means (1) other than something or someone:

  1. “There’s no pizza left besides plain cheese.”

or (2) in addition to something:

  1. Besides my homework, I need to do my chores and wash up.”

As an adverb it means (1) as well:

  1. “They teach sculpture and many other crafts besides.”

or (2) in addition to what has been said:

  1. “I’m not upset the picnic was canceled. Besides, it’s supposed to rain later.”

You can explore, practice, and master these two tricky words (and many other words besides)  here: http://www.vocabnetwork.com/featured/blog/9903/

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