Misused Words

Beside and Besides

Beside, a preposition, means by the side of.

The pen was beside the writing tablet on the table.

Besides, an adverb, means also or in addition to.

Besides having to swim one kilometer, he also has to cycle ten.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) With his parents (beside, besides) him, he walked into the principal's office.

(2) The lost boy was cold and lonely; (beside, besides), he had not eaten for two days.

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