Beside vs. Besides

Beside is a preposition. It means at the side of, close to.

  • She sat beside her mother.

Beside can also mean compared with.

  • You are quite tall beside your sister.
Besides

Besides can be used as a preposition with a similar meaning to as well as.

  • Besides physics, we have to study chemistry and mathematics.

Besides can also be used as a discourse marker meaning also, as well. In this case it goes at the beginning of a clause.

  • It is too late to go out now. Besides, it is starting to rain.
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