Look at these sentences:

I walk along the road

The traffic jam along the road

I walk alongside the road

The traffic jam alongside the road

The first sentence means as the same direction as the road (correct me If I'm wrong), Though, I don't know if the second means "the traffic is in a line next to the road" or if the traffic is on top of the road.

And when should I use along and alongside ? (Can you guys please give me examples and tell me all the meanings of each word?)

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In the first two cases along means from one end to the other. Direction is not relevant to the use of along in this case. Along has three meanings but Alongside has only one; next to, or together with

Along or alongside can be used when the meaning is next to.

However only Along can be used if the meaning is "From one end to another" or "At a particular place"


We walked along the beach collecting small crabs in a bucket.

Cars were parked all along the road.

Somewhere along this road there's a garage. Link to C.E.D.

The new pill will be used alongside existing medicines.. Link to C.E.D.

The new pill will be used along with existing medicines.

  • In the 2nd example, does it mean "they are next to the road, parked next to each other" or "they are parked close to each other on the road"? Jul 29, 2019 at 15:03
  • @Thinking Boi; You can click the link and it will be explained to you.
    – Brad
    Jul 29, 2019 at 15:12
  • Answers where you have to click a link to fully understand them are discouraged. Explanations should be incorporated into your answer.
    – ColleenV
    Jul 30, 2019 at 2:32

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