Anonymous asked: Okay, so this is something that has been confusing me for a while now. What is the difference between “besides” and “aside from”? For example, if I were to say, “I’ve had a good week, (besides/aside from) Tuesday when I fell into a waterfall.” which would I use?

Usually, “besides” and “aside from” can be used interchangeably; however, there is a very slight difference.

Besides (prep): In addition to; apart from

and

Aside from (prep): Excluding; with the exception of.

"Besides" is often considered to be a tiny bit less formal than "aside from".

So, let’s look at your sentence: “I’ve had a good week, (besides/aside from) Tuesday when I fell into a waterfall.” Here’s the breakdown:

They are very nearly the same thing. I would say that, unless you’re using “besides” as an adverb or “aside” without the “from”, it would be all right to use them interchangeably. If you’re writing something more formal, you might go with “aside from”, and even then, there is only a slight difference.

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