Beside vs Unless - What's the difference?

beside | unless |

As a preposition beside

is next to; at the side of.

As an adverb beside

is otherwise; else.

As a conjunction unless is

except on a specified condition; if not.




(English prepositions)
  • Next to; at the side of.
  • A small table beside the bed
  • Not relevant to.
  • That is beside the point
  • Besides; in addition to.
  • * Alexander Pope:
  • To all beside , as much an empty shade, / An Eugene living, as a Caesar dead.

    Usage notes

    * Not to be confused with besides . See .

    Derived terms

    * besidely * beside oneself * beside the point * besides


  • otherwise; else
  • * Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias :
  • Nothing beside remains. Round the decay / Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare / The lone and level sands stretch far away.

    See also

    * para-







    Alternative forms

    * unlesse (obsolete)


    (English Conjunctions)
  • Except on a specified condition; if not.
  • I’m leaving unless I get a pay rise (AmE: raise).
  • *
  • * 1839 , Denison Olmsted, A Compendium of Astronomy Page 95
  • Secondly, When a body is once in motion it will continue to move forever, unless something stops it. When a ball is struck on the surface of the earth, the friction of the earth and the resistance of the air soon stop its motion.


    * (except on a condition) if

    Derived terms

    * precisely unless * unlesss * unless and until, until and unless