The word “además” is one of the most frequent connectors in Spanish. Technically, it is categorized as an adverb.
In this short lesson, we will explain the meaning and use of “además” with example sentences, as well as its variation “además de”.
1. Meaning and Use of “Además”
“Además” expresses the addition of a new element to something (an idea, an argument, a series of things…).
“Además” can be translated in English as:
- In addition,
It is frequent to place a period right before “además” and a comma right after it, although it doesn’t always happen.
El hotel es precioso. Además, tiene una piscina increíble.
The hotel is very beautiful. Also (in addition) it has an incredible swimming pool.
Voy a contar lo que hice. Además, quiero explicar mis motivos.
I’m going to talk about what I did. Moreover (furthermore) I want to explain my reasons.
Es muy caro y además no me gusta.
It’s very expensive and besides I don’t like it.
2. Meaning and Use of “Además de…”
“Además de…” can be translated in English as:
- “In addition to (something)”
- “As well as (something)”
- “Besides (something)”
As we can see, “Además de…” always works as a unit with something that come immediately after. That’s the reason why we never place a comma right after “además de”, because we still need something to complete the unit.
Nuestra universidad tiene edificios muy modernos además de buenos profesores.
Our university has very modern buildings as well as good teachers.
Además de ser guapa, eres inteligentísima.
In addition to (besides) being pretty, you are extremely intelligent.
3. Practice: A Quiz
Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge!: