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"Besides" is a preposition which is often translated as "además de", and "in addition to" is a phrase which is also often translated as "además de". Learn more about the difference between "besides" and "in addition to" below.
besides(
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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. (apart from)
a. además de
Besides beer, we don't have anything else to drink.Además de cerveza, no tenemos más nada para beber.
b. aparte de
That dog can't do anything besides that one trick.Ese perro no puede hacer nada, aparte de ese único truco.
2. (in addition to)
a. además de
Besides the toiletries, I have to buy a new bathing suit for the trip.Además de los artículos de tocador, tengo que comprar un nuevo traje de baño para el viaje.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (in addition)
a. además
I should stay home and do work. Besides, it's cold outside.Debería quedarme en casa y hacer trabajo. Además, hace frío afuera.
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in addition to(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. además de
Exercise improves learning in addition to improving fitness.Hacer ejercicio mejora el aprendizaje además de mejorar la condición física.
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