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Definition of besides preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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in addition to someone or something; except for someone or something We have lots of things in common besides music. Besides working as a doctor, he also writes novels in his spare time. I've got no family besides my parents. I've got plenty of other things to do besides talking to you. Which Word?beside / besides The preposition beside usually means “next to something/someone” or “at the side of something/someone”:Sit here beside me.Besides means “in addition to something”:What other sports do you play besides hockey?Do not use beside with this meaning. The adverb besides is not usually used on its own to mean “in addition.” It is mainly used to give another reason or argument for something:I don’t think I’ll come on Saturday. I have a lot of work to do. Besides, I don’t really like parties. She likes football. Besides, she likes tennis and basketball. Which Word?besides / except (for) / apart from The preposition besides means “in addition to”:What other sports do you like besides football?You use except (for) when you mention the only thing that is not included in a statement:I like all sports except (for) football.You can use apart from with both these meanings:What other sports do you like apart from football? I like all sports apart from football.
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