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Difference between Beside and Besides

Beside as a preposition means next to or compared to.

  • The commissioner sat beside him at the awards dinner.

Besides as a preposition means in addition to or otherwise.

  • Besides winning the math award, Jane is on the honor roll.
  • Who besides me likes his latest book?

Besides as an adverb means moreover.

  • Besides, Al needs more than expensive clubs to lower his score.