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What is the difference between "beside" and "next to"?

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I want to know the difference between "beside" and "next to."
Can we use both words in the same place and indicate the same meaning in a sentence?

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For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    Beside is a preposition meaning "next to". Beside is usually used when we are talking about people and things. "Next to" is used mostly to define proximity.

    I am sitting next to my brother. (sense: near)
    I am sitting beside my brother.

    There is a shop next to my house (means "near my house")
    There is a shop beside my house (next in the row)

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