I know a friend that always says:

Besides for that.

Now this drives me crazy. I dont think it is grammatically correct. but because of the nature of the sentence I cant find anything that talks about it.

My question is:


Besides for that.

Grammatically correct?

or is:

Other than that.


Thanks in advance.

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    As far as I'm concerned, "besides that" is the correct form. But, this structure is possible also: "Besides, for that...". – It's Over Jan 29 '15 at 18:14
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    Besides for that is not valid English, grammatically or idiomatically. Presumably your friend is not a native speaker - if he is, I'd say he's incredibly non-standard. Note that on top of that is also common in speech, and additionally, furthermore are good choices in more formal contexts. One colloquial idiomatic form that will also work well in many contexts is to boot. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jan 29 '15 at 18:30

It is not correct. I do wonder if it's based on a misconstrual of aside from that, which would be correct. Other than that is also fine.


When you want to mean "in addition to", you can say besides that, other than that, apart from that, or aside from that.

It's incorrect to say "besides for that".


"Other than that." is correct.

"Besides for that." is incorrect.

"Besides" doesn't need a preposition - in this sentence, we actually use "besides" as a preposition: "Besides that."

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