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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #5409: Although / in spite of / despite
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    Although / in spite of / despite


    Although / in spite of / despite

     

     

    After although we use a subject + verb:

     

    Although it rained a lot, we enjoyed our holiday.

    • I didn't get the job although I had all the necessary qualifications.

     

    Compare the meaning of although and because:

    • We went out although it was raining.

    • We didn't go out because it was raining.

     

    After in spite of or despite, we use a noun, a pronoun (this/that/what etc.) or -ing:

    In spite of the rain, we enjoyed our holiday.

    • I didn't get the job in spite of having all the necessary qualifications.

    • She wasn't well, but in spite of this she went to work.

    In spite of what I said yesterday, I still love you.

     

    Despite is the same as in spite of. Note that we say 'in spite of, but despite (without 'of'):

    • She wasn't well, but despite this she went to work, (not 'despite of this')

     

    You can say 'in spite of the fact (that)...' and 'despite the fact (that)...':

     

    I didn’t get the job in spite of the fact that I had all the necessary qualifications

    I didn’t get the job despite the fact (that) I had all the necessary qualifications.

     

    Compare in spite of and because of:

    • We went out in spite of the rain, (or ...despite the rain.)

    • We didn't go out because of the rain.

     

    Compare although and in spite of / despite:

    Although the traffic was bad. I arrived on time. (not in spite of the traffic was bad)

    In spite of the traffic, I arrived on time. (not in spite of the traffic was bad)

     

    I couldn’t sleep although I was very tired (not despite I was tired)

    I couldn’t sleep despite being very tired (not despite I was tired)

     



    Complete the sentences with although / in spite of / because / because of.





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    1. a) it rained a lot, we enjoyed our holiday.
    2. a) all our careful plans, a lot of things went wrong.
    3. b) we had planned everything carefully, a lot of things went wrong.
    4. a) I went home early I was feeling unwell.
    5. b) I went to work the next day I was still feeling unwell.
    6. a) She only accepted the job the salary, which was very high.
    7. b) She accepted the job the salary, which was rather low.
    8. a) I managed to get to sleep there was a lot of noise.
    9. b) I couldn't get to sleep the noise.








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