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"Beside" is a preposition which is often translated as "al lado de", and "alongside" is a preposition which is often translated as "junto a". Learn more about the difference between "beside" and "alongside" below.
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (indicating proximity)
a. al lado de
There is a chair beside the bed.Hay una silla al lado de la cama.
b. junto a
We bought a house beside the sea.Compramos una casa junto al mar.
2. (compared with)
a. al lado de
Beside your car, mine looks ancient.Al lado de tu coche, el mío parece prehistórico.
b. comparado con
This year's profits look very healthy beside last year's.Las ganancias de este año resultan sustanciales comparadas con las del año pasado.
3. (apart from)
a. aparte de
That dog can't do anything beside that one trick.Ese perro no puede hacer nada aparte de ese único truco.
b. además de
This is true of others, beside the elderly.Además de los ancianos, esto vale para otros.
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alongside(
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (near)
a. junto a
I'd like to open a restaurant alongside the river.Me gustaría abrir un restaurante junto al río.
b. al lado de
The people in the car alongside us waved as though they knew us.Las personas del carro que iba al lado de nosotros nos saludaron como si nos conocieran.
2. (in addition to)
a. junto con
On this occasion, the artist's paintings will be exhibited alongside his sculptures and installations.En esta ocasión, los cuadros del artista se expondrán junto con sus esculturas e instalaciones.
b. con
Salad is served alongside all meat and fish dishes.Se sirve ensalada con todos los platos de carne y pescado.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Both projects will be developed alonside each other.Ambos proyectos se desarrollarán en paralelo.
In many of these countries, different cultures and religions coexist alongside each other.En muchos de estos países, conviven distintas culturas y religiones.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (near)
a. al costado
Some soldiers carried the general's coffin, while others processed alongside.Algunos soldados cargaban el ataúd del general mientras otros desfilaban al costado.
b. al lado
We were sitting in a café window when a friend of ours passed alongside.Estábamos sentados junto a la ventana de un café cuando pasó al lado un amigo nuestro.
4. (nautical)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The sloop came alongside and two of the sailors jumped ashore.El balandro se atracó, y dos de los marineros desembarcaron.
With the two ships alongside, the port formalities were sorted out.Con los dos barcos abarloados, se resolvieron las cuestiones portuarias formales.
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