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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.



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Intermediate: B1


thanks  that help alot

Dear Adam,
I have listened to the podcast in this website. They are simple which means that the speakers speak slowly. How about real communication? People speak word by word clearly?
Best wishes,

Dear Reza,
Some of our podcasts have slow speech, but if you watch some of the videos, it's a lot faster. In general, people speak more quickly than they do during the podcasts, but it depends who they are speaking to.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

he, mi name is jhonathan, i am colombia,
i like learn english. you study english in british council?

 Dear Reza,
In a real conversation people almost never talk to each other  clearly  word by word , but the intonation goes within the sentence. As it is said everything depends  on the moment  in which you  talk or who  you talk to.
All the best

Hello everybody! How are you??
I'm new in this website. I'am studying English on a Oficial School of Languages. I had to practise more because the next year I had a level exam. I did some Grammar and Vocabulary activities but I didn't find phrasal verbs exercices. Adam, Could you help me please? There are any activities in this website?
Thanks you and Congratulations for this site! It's wonderful

Hello Cristina,
I'm very happy to hear you like the website so much.
If you enter 'phrasal verbs' into the search box on the right. you will see lots of resources on the site. For example, we have a page on phrasal verbs in the grammar and some episodes of Big City Small World have phrasal verb exercises in them. You can also find all pages tagged with phrasal verbs.
I hope that helps. Good luck with your exam next year!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone!!
I'm also new in this website. I want to learn English because my English is very poor. Hope can learn more about English through this website. Thank you.

I'm satheesh from India. I'm so eager to learn the global language English. New member i'm. Happy to joined this site.

Adam hello.Can I ask you a personal question.I do not understand what  are the level of  the listening  videos. I know they change and always be updated. Now My listening level is intermediate.Which listening part do you recommend? I aim I join IELTS Exam and my listening skill is very low now.I try to improve it.Can you help me about this?