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"Besides" is a preposition which is often translated as "además de", and "on the other hand" is a phrase which is often translated as "por otro lado". Learn more about the difference between "besides" and "on the other hand" below.
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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on the other hand(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (indicating opposition)
a. por otro lado
On the one hand, I love shopping, but on the other hand, I need to save for college.Por un lado, me encanta ir de compras, pero por otro lado, tengo que ahorrar para la universidad.
b. por otra parte
On the one hand, I promised I'd buy her lunch, but on the other hand, she still owes me dinner.Por una parte, le prometí que le compraría el almuerzo, pero por otra parte, aún me debe una cena.
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