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in spite of / despite / although

In spite of, despite and although are all used to show a contrast but there are differences in the structures used with them.

In spite of / despite

After in spite of and despite we use a noun or a pronoun.

  • We enjoyed our camping holiday in spite of the rain.
  • Despite the pain in his leg he completed the marathon.
  • Despite having all the necessary qualifications, they didn’t offer me the job.

Remember that the gerund (‘-ing’ form) is the ‘noun’ form of a verb.

The only difference between in spite of and despite is the ‘of’.

  • Despite of the bad weather, there was a large crowd at the match.


After although we use a subject and a verb.

  • We enjoyed our camping holiday although it rained every day.
  • Although he worked very hard, he didn’t manage to pass the exam.
  • The holiday was great although the hotel wasn’t very nice.

We can use in spite of and despite with a subject and verb if we include the expression ‘the fact that’.

  • In spite of the fact that he worked very hard, he didn’t manage to pass the exam.
  • Despite the fact that he worked very hard, he didn’t manage to pass the exam.

Even though

Even though is a slightly stronger form of although.

  • We decided to buy the house even though we didn’t really have enough money.
  • You keep making that stupid noise even though I’ve asked you to stop three times.

Like although, even though is followed by a subject and a verb.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


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I have always had problems with my Grammar. I may be able to write a sentence with no grammatical mistakes but tend to make a lot of mistakes when I start writing long passages.  In my sentence here, I am not sure whether it should be written as "no grammatical mistake" or "no grammatical mistake".  Afterall, the word "no" in the sentence suggests singular, so do I write the sentence as " no grammatical mistake?" 

Hi Alli!
I suggest that write as you can based on what you think .Then organize , say it and  fine tune the sentences. In addition , having a good evaluator to check your grammar and composition is better so that you know what makes your sentences or paragraphs are not coherent and cohesive.There are books like  IELTS and TOEFL that gives tips how  these words and  grammar are organized.
I am just like you! And  I know,  we can do it. Just have patience and learn deeply as well . I love to learn from people too. 

Hi Alli,
It's hard to get your grammar perfect over a long text. That's why you need lots of practice so that you just know how English should be and you don't have to think about it. It will come, so don't worry if you make some mistakes over time.
And you were right to write the sentence with 'mistakes' in the singular after 'no'.
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The LearnEnglish Team

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