Spanish “Además” and “Además de” – Meaning and Use

Spanish Ademas

Welcome to our grammar lesson about Spanish word “además”.

“Además” is one of the most frequent connectors in Spanish. Technically, it is categorized as an adverb.

In this lesson, we will explain the meaning and use of “además” with example sentences, as well as the phrase “además de”.

At the end you’ll find a Quiz for practice.

1. Meaning and use of “además”

“Además” expresses the addition of a new element to something (to an idea, an argument, a series of things…).

“Además” can be translated in English as:

  • In addition
  • Furthermore
  • Moreover
  • Besides
  • Also

It is frequent to place a period right before “además” and a comma right after it.

Example Sentences:

Es muy caro y además no me gusta.
It’s very expensive and besides I don’t like it.

El hotel es precioso. Además, tiene una piscina increíble.
The hotel is very beautiful. Also, 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, I want to explain my reasons.

2. Meaning and use of “además de…”

“Además de” can be translated in English as:

  • “In addition to (…)”
  • “As well as (…)”
  • “Besides (…)”

The phrase “además de” is always followed by a noun or a phrase that completes its meaning. That’s the reason why we never place a comma right after “además de”, because it still needs that word or phrase to be complete.

Example sentences:

Nuestra universidad tiene edificios muy modernos además de buenos profesores.
Our university has very modern buildings as well as good teachers.

Además de manzanas, hemos comprado naranjas.
In addition to apples, we have bought oranges.

Además ser guapa, eres inteligentísima.
In addition to being pretty, you are extremely intelligent.

3. Practice Spanish “además”


Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge about Spanish “además” and “además de”!: