MBA Entrance 2016 VA Theory Full Question Bank.
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PRACTICAL ENGLISH USAGE:
beside and besides
Beside is a preposition meaning ‘at the side of’, ‘by’ or ‘next to’
Why is the cat sitting beside the chair?
Besides is used when we add new information to what is already known.
Besides aerobics, I have to do crunches and push ups.
Besides can also be used as a discourse marker meaning ‘also’, ‘in any case’,and ‘as well’. It is often used to add a stronger, more conclusive argument to what has gone before. In this case, besides usually goes at the beginning of the clause.
It’s too late to go out now. Besides, it’s starting to rain.
I don’t like this dress; besides,it’s too expensive.
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Usage Part 2: JUST..happy reading
‘Just’ often emphasizes the idea of ‘at this moment’ or ‘close to the present’.
I’ll be down in a minute-I am just completing my lunch.
Harry has just phoned.
In expressions such as ‘just after’, ‘just before’, and ‘just when’, just suggests closeness to the time in question.
I saw him just after lunch. (=very soon after dinner.)
Just can mean ‘only’, ‘scarcely’, ‘nothing more than’.
Complete dinner set for just Rs 500/-.
I just want somebody to stay with him.
There was only just enough light to read by.
Could/Can I Just….? can make a request seem less demanding.
Could I just use your bicycle?
What is the time by your watch?–It’s just 2 o’clock.
Thanks. That’s just what I wanted to know.
Just can emphasize other words and expressions, with the sense of ‘simply’, ‘there’s no other word for it’.
You are just amazing.
I just love your bike.