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02 January 2013

Vocabulary: Aside From, Besides, and Except

Aside from, Besides and Except belong to the same word family but they are not 100% synonymous. Some dictionaries may list them as synonyms but that is not always necessarily correct.


Besides and Aside from mean “apart from,” “in addition to,” “besides,” or “similar to the rest" but the similarity is not our focus
Except means “not included” or “not similar to the rest.”

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  • The Philippines is famous for its beautiful beaches. Aside from the beaches, it is also known for its delicious tropical fruits and friendly people.
  • It is safe to travel in Mount Robert except in the southwestern part of the mountain.
  • Besides the essay test, you will also take a multiple question test.
  • You must answer all the questions except the essay question.

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