But that’s beside the point.
Or is it ‘besides the point’?
Yes, we’re looking how the words ‘beside’ and ‘besides’ often get confused.
Beside and Besides
Beside is a preposition meaning ‘at the side of’, ‘by’, ‘next to’.
Who is that pretty girl sitting beside Rahul?
Besides can be used like as well as, when we add new information to what is already known.
Who was at the game besides Rahul and Sandeep?
Besides can also be used to mean ‘also’, ‘as well’, ‘in any case’. It is often used to add a stronger, more conclusive argument to what has gone before.
I don’t like that dress; besides, it’s too expensive.
It’s too late to go out now. Besides, it’s starting to rain.
Besides, except and apart from
These expressions are sometimes confused.
Besides usually adds: it is like saying with, or plus.
Besides the sitar, he plays the tabla and the flute.
Except subtracts: it is like saying without, or minus.
I like all musical instruments except the sitar.
Apart from can be used in both senses.
Apart from the sitar, he plays the tabla and the flute. (= Besides the sitar…)
I like all musical instruments apart from the violin. ( = …except the violin).
After no, nobody, nothing and similar negatives words, the three expressions can all have the same meaning.
He has nothing besides/ except / apart from his home. ( = He only has his home.)
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