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I have a question regarding the usage of "apart from", "other than", "aside from", "except for" and "besides"?

Suppose I have three books X, Y and Z. My friend knows I have Book X. So if he wants to know how many books I have along with X, Which of the above phrases are correct?

  • Hey Subha, how many books do you have besides X?
  • Hey Subha, how many books do you have other than X?
  • Hey Subha, how many books do you have apart from X?
  • Hey Subha, how many books do you have aside from X?
  • Hey Subha, how many books do you have except for X?

I think all of the above are correct but except for. I am not sure. Am I right?

And one more question: Suppose a contractor who paints houses asks me "Hi, sir, do you want to paint your kitchen?" I answer, "No, at the moment; I don't think it needs to be painted." Now in these circumstances, which of the following phrases should the contractor use when asks the next question?

Contractor: Hi, sir, do you want to paint your kitchen?
Me: No, at the moment; I don't think it needs to be painted.
Contractor: Do you want to paint anything in your house other than/except for/apart from/besides your kitchen?

I think besides is not correct here. The rest of all the phrases are correct. I am not sure. Please explain.

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Whereas besides denotes inclusion/adding to, except/except for has the meaning of exclusion and so does other than which means with the exception of.

As for apart from and aside from, they may mean both inclusion and exclusion.

So all your sentences are valid, in my opinion.

(Also, see this video lesson)

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