Difference between beside and besides:
There is a big difference between beside and besides. Both the words have very similar spellings and pronunciations, so they are often misused, or confused for one another. ‘Beside’ is a preposition, whereas ‘besides’ works as both a preposition and an adverb.
‘Beside’ means ‘by or at the side of’, or ‘-in comparision’
‘Besides’ means ‘in addition to’, or ‘ apart from’
The following examples will make the usage clear.
|David sat beside me, and started sobbing. Besides (apart from) sobbing he did nothing.||-I won’t take anyone, besides you, to the movie. I don’t want a kid beside (by) me while watching a movie.|
|Beside Virat Kohli, other batsmen look ordinary.||Ricky knows nothing besides cracking jokes.|
|I was walking beside my dad when he collapsed.||Besides money, this business will give make you a popular figure overnight.|