Difference of near and beside

What is the difference between near and beside please give examples


‘Near’ really suggests ‘not far from’ as in - They live near the main railway station and the noise of the trains keeps them awake at night.

‘Beside’ on the other hand describes ‘very close to’ as in - I was sitting beside a very pretty girl at the theatre, which made it difficult for me to concentrate on the play. It can also mean very close geographically. There is a famous popular song which has as its main chorus line - Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.


Hello Alan, thank you so much for answering this question. I was toying with the idea of answering it myself but quickly realized that I wouldn’t be able to produce half a descriptive and precise response as you so I’m glad you spent your time on this.


Alan has very succinctly explained the difference.
Beside means by the side of. I think it is more close than near.