Vocabulary - Beside & Besides
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Hi there. My name is Emma, and in today's video we're going to look at the difference
between "besides" and "beside", okay?
This video is useful to watch if you're a native speaker or if you're an ESL student,
because this is a mistake that both groups often make. All right, so let's get started.
We're first going to look at the word "beside" without an "s". So there's no "s".
"Beside" is a preposition and it means "at the side of" or "next to". So I have a picture
here. I don't know if you can tell who this is. This is Luke Skywalker. Okay, here's his
lightsaber and this little green guy, he's not a gremlin. He is Yoda, with his green
little lightsaber, okay?
So how can I use "beside" with these two? Well, I could say that "Luke Skywalker is
beside Yoda." "Yoda is beside Luke Skywalker." So again, very simple. It just means they're
next to each other.
Let's look at another example of the word "beside". You can also be "beside yourself".
What does this mean? It doesn't mean there are two of me standing side-by-side. It doesn't
mean that. I'll give you an example of what it means.
So Luke Skywalker, when he found out his teacher, Obi-Wan Kenobi, had died, he was "beside himself
with grief". So what does that mean? It means, when you're "beside yourself", it means you
have such a strong emotion that you lose control of yourself. You can't think. You just feel
so much emotion. Often when somebody dies, you become "beside yourself" with grief. You
can't think. You just feel so much sadness.
On the other hand, you can be "beside yourself" with joy. Maybe somebody throws you a really,
really good surprise birthday party, and you're so touched, that you're just so happy you're
"beside yourself" with joy. So it means a very strong emotion overwhelms you.
Our third example of "beside". This is a very common expression we use in English. "That's
beside the point" -- notice no "s". "That's beside the point." What does this mean?
It means that something, it doesn't matter. You know usually two people are talking. One
person is saying something, someone else adds something. The thing they add doesn't matter.
It doesn't have any relevance, so it's not relevant. It's not important to the conversation.
It doesn't add anything important to the conversation.
So what's an example of this? Well, we've been using Star Wars examples, so maybe I'm
talking to my friend, and maybe we're talking about Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. And
my friend says something like, "Oh, you know Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, they would've
made a fantastic couple. They're both good-looking, they have great personalities. I think they
should've been a couple."
Maybe I'd be weirded out and say, "But they're brother and sister!" My friend could say,
"Well, that's beside the point." Meaning: it's not relevant. My friend doesn't care
about that. It doesn't matter. The main thing is, in his opinion, their personalities, and
things like that. They'd make a cute couple. Okay, so that's "beside the point".
Another example, maybe my friend wants to borrow my car, but unfortunately the tire
is flat. So my friend might say: -"Can I borrow your car?"
-"No you can't, the tire is flat."
My friend could say, -"But I'm a good driver." -"Well, you may be a good driver, but that's
beside the point. It doesn't matter if you're a good driver or not. You can't drive the
car because the car's tire is flat."