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16 / 11 / 2005

CONNECTORS: BESIDES: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today we continue our series of Vitamins about CONNECTORS that are used to continue the same idea or give additional information. Today's connector is: besides It is used: to continue the same idea of something that has been previously stated or to give additional information. You can also use besides to add another stronger reason for something you have just said. Word position: you can begin a sentence with besides comma. You can also place besides at the end of your phrase. Example 1 John is the best person for the job because he's the only one who speaks German. Besides, he has travelled extensively. Example 2 Besides answering the phone, your responsibilities will include typing and filing. In Examples 1, besides is followed by a clause. It can also be followed by a gerund (see Example 2) or a noun (see Example 3). Example 3 I ended up buying a new armchair besides the settee (sofá) I had originally planned on getting. Do not confuse besides (connector word) with beside (preposition of location). Beside means next to. Example --> The lamp is beside the settee. Tomorrow we will look at another connector word used for giving additional information. Remember to post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the forum of the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. Besides posting your questions in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, you can contact us if you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section. Have a pleasant day!