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

Spanish Ademas

The Spanish 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 the construction “además de”.

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 (…)”

“Además de…” always works with some word or phrase that come immediately after. That’s the reason why we never place a comma right after “además de”, because we still need that word or phrase that completes the expression.

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

3. Practice: Quiz about “además”

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