beyond at the beginning of a sentence


Senior Member
German (Swiss)
Dear all

is it OK to use " beyond" in the sense of "besides" at the beginning of a sentence?

Example: Beyond his English is excellent.

I think it is wrong ...?!

Thanks a lot:)
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Beyond his English is excellent.
    That isn't a sentence (it isn't even part of a sentence). If you wrote it, what did you intend it to mean? If you didn't write it, please give us the source and context.


    Senior Member
    German (Swiss)
    Hello Rover_KE

    This is just a question in general. "He is a good marketing director. Beyond his English is excellent". Another example would be: "We would offer you a quantity discount of 5%. Beyond we would offer you a cash discount of 10%.". Thanks a lot!


    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    You can use "besides" like this, as you hinted in #1, but if you do, it needs a comma.
    But you can't do this with "beyond". At a pinch, you could do it with "beyond that" (again with comma).
    Sound shift's "In addition" is very good, or you could say "And what's more,".


    Senior Member
    German (Swiss)
    Thanks a lot to all of you, very helpful! Would it work if beyond joins the two sentences as in "He is a good marketing director beyond (that) his English is excellent"?


    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    No; that's not what "beyond" or "beyond that" means.

    Here's an example of how it might be used:

    "He can ask directions and order food; beyond that, he doesn't really speak much English."
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