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"Beside" is a preposition which is often translated as "al lado de", and "next to" is a preposition which is also often translated as "al lado de". Learn more about the difference between "beside" and "next to" below.
beside(
buh
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sayd
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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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next to(
nehkst
 
tu
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (adjacent to)
a. al lado de
The teacher's desk is next to the chalkboard.El escritorio del maestro está al lado del pizarrón.
b. junto a
My favorite restaurant is next to the beach.Mi restaurante preferido está junto a la playa.
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