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If one thing is beside another, it is next to it or at the side of it.
Besides means 'in addition to' or 'as well as'.
You can use besides to introduce a clause beginning with an -ing form.
You must use an -ing form in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'He writes novels and poems besides he works as a journalist'.
You can use besides when you are making an additional point or giving an additional reason that you think is important.
|Adv.||1.||besides - making an additional point; anyway; "I don't want to go to a restaurant; besides, we can't afford it"; "she couldn't shelter behind him all the time and in any case he wasn't always with her"|
|2.||besides - in addition; "he has a Mercedes, too"|
there were three of us besides Mary → éramos tres además de or aparte de Mary
there are others besides ourselves who might be interested → además de nosotros or aparte de nosotros hay otros que pueden estar interesados
besides which he was unwell → aparte de eso estaba malo, además estaba malo
he wrote a novel and several short stories besides → escribió una novela y además varias narraciones cortas
and much more besides → y mucho más todavía
and more besides → et d'autres encore
and many more besides → et beaucoup d'autres encore
and much more besides → entre autres
besides which ... → per di più...