beside / besides

Beside is a preposition of location – it means “next to” or “on the side of.”

  • There’s a printer beside the computer.

    However, “beside” is a little bit formal. In casual everyday English, we’d usually say that there’s a printer next to the computer.

    Besides is an adverb that means “in addition to”:

  • Besides being expensive, that car is ugly.

    Besides can also be a preposition that means “except for”:

  • Jenny has no friends besides her sister. or ( Jenny’s sister is her only friend)
  • Besides John, who’s a vegetarian, everyone else here eats meat. or ( John is the only exception to the group of people who eat meat)