Look at these examples to see how although, even though, in spite of and despite are used.
Although we don't agree, I think she's a brilliant speaker.
Even though we don't agree, I think she's a brilliant speaker.
In spite of the law, people continue to use mobile phones while driving.
Despite the law, people continue to use mobile phones while driving.
It's illegal to use mobile phones while driving. People still do it, though.
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Although, even though, in spite of and despite are all used to link two contrasting ideas or show that one fact makes the other fact surprising. They can all be used at the beginning or in the middle of the sentence.
Despite the rain, we enjoyed the festival.
We enjoyed the festival, despite the rain.
The main difference between although, even though, in spite of and despite is that they are used with different structures.
in spite of / despite
After in spite of and despite, we use a noun, gerund (-ing form of a verb) or a pronoun.
They never made much money, in spite of their success.
In spite of the pain in his leg, he completed the marathon.
Despite having a headache, I had a great birthday.
The train was cancelled. In spite of that, we arrived on time.
Note that it is common to use in spite of and despite with the expression the fact that, followed by a subject and verb.
In spite of the fact that he worked very hard, he didn't pass the exam.
Despite the fact that he worked very hard, he didn't pass the exam.
although / even though
After although and even though, we use a subject and a verb. Even though is slightly stronger and more emphatic than although.
I enjoyed the course, although I would have liked more grammar practice.
Although we saw each other every day, we didn't really know each other.
Even though she spoke very quietly, he understood every word.
She didn't get the job, even though she had all the necessary qualifications.
Though can be used in the same way as although.
Though I wasn't keen on the film, I thought the music was beautiful.
Though can also go at the end of the second phrase. This way of expressing contrasting ideas is most common in spoken English.
We waited ages for our food. The waiter was really nice, though.
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This is how I used 'behove' in my WhatsApp comment :
He was continuously defaming him while also enjoying the position awarded by him. Does this behove of a genuine person.
I feel that I have not used 'behove' correctly! Can you please comment on this!
Dipak R Gandhi
Please have a look at this dictionary entry for the word 'behove'. Do you see any difference between the grammar in the dictionary and the grammar in your sentence?
All the best,
I had checked this word in dictionary. But I wanted to adapt it for the sense I meant : 'His behaviour was not genuine' - this is what I meant.
So is it right to say 'Does this behove of a genuine person?'
Please advise now.
Dipak R Gandhi
No, it's not correct. If you look at the dictionary entry, you'll see that the structure used with 'behove' is 'it behoves somebody to do something'. *'it behoves of somebody' is not correct.
All the best,
I loved moving to another big city even though I would have preferred to choose one with better quality of life.
Despite the fact that there are sort of beautiful environment nearby, I would have chosen a city which has given me and my family better opportunities for a good living.
Although I have been blessed with great jobs opportunity, I would have studied more to improve my career development.
Apologies, if I am not asking my question in right section!
How can 'Barter' and 'Haggle' be synonymous! That is the solution in crossword I am solving. I have browsed dictionary entries, but what I infer is they have different meanings. Please advise.
Dipak R Gandhi
I don't think they are synonymous. Barter is a form of transaction involving the exchange of goods or services directly without the use of money. Haggle is the action of negotiating a price by offer and counter offer.
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How many shops are open during the night?
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Only one of the shops is open during the night
Only one of the shops are open during the night