Besides vs. except

Posted on October 29, 2012


Besides and except seems to have the same meaning at first, but there is a slight difference you should be aware of, just in case not to be an exception in your class.)

+ For besides you add something in addition.

– For except you (minus) take something away.

E: I’m not that picky, in fact I like all women except my girlfriend.

E: Besides taxidermy, I’m also interested in cynology and bio lifestyle.


  • What else do you like besides gardening? (Gardening included, what other interests do you have?)
  • What else do you like except gardening? (I’m not interested in gardening at all, and I’d like to know if we have something in common.)

X: Don’t confuse beside and besides. Beside means next to something.