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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 11:08:58 PM
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Hi,

I'm wondering if "besides" at the beginning of a sentence necessarily introduces an additional argument for a claim. Does the following sound okay?

The study finds people look taller in jeans. Besides, there were no gender differences in the results.


The "besides" here does not introduce a second argument. The claim is people look taller in jeans. What follows is mere additional information, not another argument for the claim. Is "besides" used properly here?


I'd appreciate your help.


thar
Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021 12:10:20 AM

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No.it doesn't work here.

This is not additional, it is contradictory.

One is not true

Although / however / but

The other is true.
Audiendus
Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021 1:07:25 AM
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thar wrote:
No.it doesn't work here. I agree, because it doesn't introduce a second argument.

This is not additional, it is contradictory. I don't think it is contradictory.. The second sentence states that there were no gender differences. Both men and women looked taller in jeans, to an equal extent.

One is not true

Although / however / but

The other is true.
Bathcoup
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If you broaden your perspective and focus on the results of the study, the sentence is OK. - Besides = Additionally
"people look taller in jeans" may not be true, but it doesn't matter. People often present unreliable or invalid results.
raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Friday, April 2, 2021 5:11:01 AM
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Bathcoup wrote:
If you broaden your perspective and focus on the results of the study, the sentence is OK. - Besides = Additionally
"people look taller in jeans" may not be true, but it doesn't matter. People often present unreliable or invalid results.


I suspect those who reject "besides" in the original would accept "additionally" in its place.

There might be an important difference between sentence-initial "besides" and "additionally" (or "in addition").
Audiendus
Posted: Friday, April 2, 2021 10:13:48 PM
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raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
I suspect those who reject "besides" in the original would accept "additionally" in its place.

There might be an important difference between sentence-initial "besides" and "additionally" (or "in addition").


I think "additionally" is too strong here; I would simply omit "besides". The second sentence acts like a mere footnote or parenthesis. Compare:

"In this country, women live longer than men on average. There are no regional differences."
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