How to use besides, except and apart from

These expressions are sometimes confused.
Besides usually adds: it is like saying with, or plus (+).

  • Besides the violin, he plays the piano and the flute. (He plays three
    instruments.)

Except subtracts: it is like saying without, or minus (-).

  • I like all musical instruments except the violin.

Apart from can be used in both senses.

  • Apart from the violin, he plays the piano and the flute. (= Besides the
    violin … )
  • I like all musical instruments apart from the violin… except the violin.)

After no, nobody, nothing and similar negative words, the three expressions
can all have the same meaning.

  • He has nothing besides/except / apart from his salary. (= He only has his salary.)

Share

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *