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Comment: Besides does NOT mean next to, that preposition is beside. Besides can mean 1) except, other than; 2) together with, in addition to. So, besides cannot substitute for most of the meanings of beside, but beside can sometimes substitute for besides, but it is safer to use besides when you mean except or together with. One more thing about besides that can cause confusion; even though it ends with s, it is not plural. English is fun.

besides, except, apart from 

除 了 。 。 。 以 外


Zhang NingLi Yu ZhengLiu YawenWT ZhengCao Hui

Besides this 10 yuan, I have no money. 

除 了 这 十 元 以 外 , 我 没 有 钱 了 。

Chu2le zhe4 shi2 yuan2 yi3wai4, wo3 mei2you3 qian2 le.

Zhang NingZhang JingLiu QiuxiaWT ZhengWT Zheng
MichaelKaren LeeBrianNic

Besides books, I have some clothes to take. 

除 了 书 以 外 , 我 还 有 一 些 衣 服 带 走 。

Chu2le shu1 yi3wai4, wo3 hai2 you3 yi4 xie1 yi1fu dai4zou3.

Li Yu ZhengFeng XieZhang MengHuaCao Hui

without, besides 

在 。 。 。 之 外


Huang XuZhao HeZhang MengZhao Mo

I don't have anything to buy this month besides junk food.  (it would be more oral to say -- "Chu2le chi1 de" -- meaning 'besides things to eat')

这 个 月 , 除 了 副 食 我 没 有 什 么 要 买 的 。

Zhe4 ge4 yue4, chu2le fu4shi2 wo3 mei2you3 shen2me yao4 mai3 de.

Shao DanniLiu Yu RongShao JingxianWang WenjingJi Xiaozhe
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Besides me, there were five other people at the meeting. 

除 了 我 还 有 其 他 的 五 个 人 参 加 了 这 个 会 议 。

Chu2le wo3 hai2 you3 qi2ta1 de wu3 ge4 ren2 can1jia1 le zhe4ge hui4yi4.

Zhang MengJessie WangShao JingxianCao HuiZhang Ning

Besides the news, there's a movie I also want to see. 

除 了 新 闻 , 还 有 一 部 电 影 我 也 想 看 。

Chu2 le xin1wen2, hai2 you3 yi2 bu4 dian4ying3 wo3 ye3 xiang3 kan4.

Li ZhenZhang JingJessie WangCao HuiShu Chang

I don't think we should buy from them, their quality isn't very good, and besides, they don't have good service. 

咱 们 不 应 该 买 他 们 的 东 西 , 他 们 的 质 量 不 好 , 再 说 服 务 也 不 好 。

Zan2men bu4 ying1gai1 mai3 ta1men de dong1xi, ta1men de zhi4liang4 bu4 hao3, zai4shuo1 fu2wu4 ye3 bu4 hao3.

Cao LihongTan LiWang WenjingLi ChunjiangRen ShuangNa ZitaZhang Zhida

Besides me, seven others have finished the class. 

除 我 以 外 , 其 他 七 名 学 生 也 修 完 了 这 门 课 。

Chu2 wo3 yi3wai4, qi2ta1 qi1 ming2 xue2sheng ye3 xiu1wan2 le zhe4 men2 ke4.

Liu Yu RongCheng HongDu FengLi ChunjiangGu Zheng

Besides me, seven others have finished the class. 

除 自 己 以 外 , 有 另 外 七 名 学 生 也 下 课 。

Chu2 zi4ji3 yi3wai4, you3 ling4wai4 qi1 ming2 xue2sheng ye3 xia4ke4.

Wang YongFeng XieLin QingGao MingjiangCao Lihua

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