• While there was a time before 18th century when beside and besides were used interchangeably, a distinction is made between the two today, and both are reserved for different use. • While beside is used as a preposition, besides is used both as a preposition as well as an adverb.What is the difference between Besides and beside?
The spelling difference between beside and besides is a small one, but their meanings and uses are quite different! BESIDE, with no “s” at the end, is used only as a preposition, which means there is always a noun following it. It means either “next to” or “compared to,” as shown in the examples below.Is besides a preposition?
Beside is a preposition meaning next to or in comparison with. As a preposition, besides means except or in addition to. As a conjunctive adverb, besides means also or moreover.