Existe alguma diferença entre Beside e Next to?

Ambos significam "ao lado". Entretanto, existe contextos específicos em que devem ser usados?

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Avatar do usuário Henry.army 2545 3 8 51
Actually they are pretty much the same, however I read in a grammar that we must avoid using "beside" with things that don't have a clear side.

Beside is more like face to face.

On the other hand, next to, there is no restriction.
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Avatar do usuário PPAULO 36510 4 32 643
Complementary to Henry´s answer. Yes, it may (or may not) make a difference, it depends.

beside – besides
1. 'beside'
If one thing is beside another, it is next to it or at the side of it.

Beside the shed was a huge tree.
I sat down beside my wife.

As you can see reading the last sentence, one could be misled with "beside" there. It would be advisable (and more precise) to use one of the two sentences:

"I sat down next to my wife" or
"I sat down at the side of my wife."

With wich would convey exactly what the speaker of the sentence meant.
Anyway, chances are that the native be aware of the couple of senses, and understand just the same, but it´s good, at least sometimes, to avoid ambivalence.
Qual a diferença de beside e Next to? Se as duas palavras significam ao lado?
Avatar do usuário Marcio_Farias 12290 1 21 206
Vanda, a resposta está nos posts anteriores. Q.V.
Avatar do usuário Marcio_Farias 12290 1 21 206
Vanda, leia isto:

'She sat next her mother' is incorrect, at least in BE
'She sat next to her mother' or 'She sat beside her mother' are both correct and mean the same thing.