'Beside' mainly functions as a preposition. In this lesson, we are going to discuss how to learn and use it.
Functions of 'Beside'
'Beside' as a Preposition
'Beside' mainly functions as a preposition. Below, we are going to analyze the kinds of prepositions it can be:
'Beside' is mainly a preposition of place. Look at the list below to understand all about its various meanings:
- When we want to show that something/someone is next to another:
Stop right there
- When we are comparing two things together, we use 'beside':
That commercial book is nothing
That wooden wand is nothing
Position in a Sentence
As you know, prepositions mainly come before nouns and noun phrases to modify them. We can have a prepositional phrase at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the sentence. Look at the following examples for more information:
Here, we have a prepositional phrase at the beginning of the sentence.
My parents, sitting
As you can see, the prepositional phrase is in the middle of the statement.
Here, the prepositional phrase is at the end of the sentence.
Idioms and Expressions with 'Beside'
We have very few idioms with 'beside'. We are going to learn all about them below:
- Be beside oneself: When we are experiencing a strong emotion that we feel almost out of control, we use this one:
Harriet was so excited that I thought she
- Beside the point: When something is not important, we use this to refer to it:
What she is thinking of you is exactly
The quantity is
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