a|long|side [ ə`lɔ:ŋ,saıd ] function word **
Alongside can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun):
A police car drove up alongside us.
as an adverb (without a following noun):
Peter was riding on a donkey with his father walking alongside.
1. ) close to the side of something along the side of something or close to the side of it:
The railroad track runs alongside the road.
The Russian flag was flying alongside the American Stars and Stripes.
2. ) working with someone
a ) if you work alongside someone, you work with them in the same place and for the same purpose:
Volunteers worked alongside professional construction workers in a massive reconstruction program.
Leslie Caron starred alongside Maurice Chevalier in the musical Gigi.
b ) if you play or fight alongside someone in a game or war, you play or fight in the same team or on the same side with them:
In the battle, British troops fought alongside U.S. marines.
3. ) as important as someone/something important enough to be considered as being in the same class as someone or something else that is well known:
When he dies he will take his place alongside Shakespeare and Dickens as one of the truly great writers of his time.
4. ) existing together if different systems, processes, or ideas exist alongside each other, they exist at the same time:
In Hong Kong a communist government and a capitalist economy operate alongside each other.
5. ) in comparison with someone/something used for showing that you are comparing one person or thing with another:
Our profits seem small alongside those of the big multinational companies.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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