in addition to somebody/something; apart from somebody/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?besides / apart from / except The preposition besides means ‘in addition to’:What other sports do you like besides football? You use except when you mention the only thing that is not included in a statement:I like all sports except 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. Language BankexceptMaking an exception She wrote all of the songs on the album except for the final track. Apart from/aside from the final track, all of the songs on the album were written by her. The songwriting—with a few minor exceptions—is of a very high quality. With only one or two exceptions, the songwriting is of a very high quality. The majority of the compositions are less than three minutes long, with the notable exception of the title track. With the exception of the title track, this album is a huge disappointment. Here is a list of all the band’s CDs, excluding unofficial ‘bootleg’ recordings. Which Word?beside / besides The preposition beside usually means ‘next to something/somebody’ or ‘at the side of something/somebody’:Sit here beside me. The preposition 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 with the same meaning as the preposition. 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.