Besides vs. Beside

I often see and hear people misuse these two words.  Here’s the difference:

BESIDES means in addition to, other than:

Three other people besides Tim joined us for pizza.

 

BESIDE means next to:

She placed her documents beside her purse so she wouldn’t forget them when she left.

 

There also is the idiomatic expression, to be beside oneself, not besides oneself.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s