|'beside' / 'besides' and 'toward' / 'towards'|
Sanjay Khumar Bhola from India asks:
I often confuse the difference between beside and besides. Please clear up my confusion.
It is quite important not to confuse them, for they are different in meaning and usage.
is a preposition, similar in meaning to 'next to', 'at the side
of' or 'by':
is a preposition, meaning 'in addition to', 'as well as' or
toward - towards
about towards and toward? One of my own students was
worried that there might be similar pitfalls in store for her when
using these prepositions. Well, I can re-assure all of you that these
prepositions can be used quite interchangeably and that there is no
difference in meaning. The only slight difference in usage is that
toward is perhaps more characteristic of American English and towards
more usual in British English. Toward or towards means
'in the direction of':