Meaning and Usage of Besides

Besides is a preposition that has a few different meanings depending on the context. Here are the two main meanings of besides along with examples:

In addition to; as well as:

Example: Besides studying for the exam, I also have to finish my term paper.

In this example, besides is used to indicate that the speaker has another task to complete, in addition to studying for the exam.

Apart from; aside from; except for

Example: I don’t want to go to the concert tonight. Besides, I have to work late.

1. Besides cooking dinner, I also have to clean the kitchen and take out the trash.
2. I don’t eat meat, and besides, I’m allergic to shellfish, so I can’t have the paella.
3. Besides the fact that it’s expensive, the hotel is also fully booked for the weekend.
4. I haven’t seen John in years. Besides, I heard he moved to another country.
5. The movie was terrible, and besides, the theater was freezing cold.
6. Besides his impressive academic record, he’s also an accomplished athlete and musician.
7. Besides his busy work schedule, he also has a young family to take care of.
8. She’s one of my best friends, and besides, she always gives great advice.
9. Besides the rainy weather, we had a great time on our trip to the coast.
10. I don’t eat meat, and besides, I’m trying to reduce my carbon footprint.

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