29. September 2016

Spotlight: Sprachtipp - Grammatik – beside/besides


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Complete the following sentences with “beside” or “besides”:

1. Who’s the guy standing ­­________ Ellen?

2. Who’s coming with us ­­________ Tim and Tom?

3. It’s getting late. ­­________, it’s starting to rain.

 


Answers

1. Who’s the guy standing beside Ellen?

2. Who’s coming with us besides Tim and Tom?

3. It’s getting late. Besides, it’s starting to rain.
 

“Beside” is a preposition meaning “next to”, “at the side of”. “Besides” is both a preposition — meaning “in addition to”, “as well as” (außer, abgesehen von) — and an adverb meaning “moreover”, “also” (außerdem). (Note: The German neben normally means the same as “beside”, but it can also be used in the sense of the preposition “besides”.)

 

 

 

 

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