DESPITE and IN SPITE OF

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How do we use DESPITE and IN SPITE OF?

DESPITE and IN SPITE OF are both prepositional expressions.
We use both DESPITE and IN SPITE OF to express a contrast between two things. 
Both are more common in writing than speaking. (DESPITE is more formal than IN SPITE OF).

DESPITE and IN SPITE OF are used interchangeably. 

1. With a noun

He is still in school in spite of/despite his grades. 

Kelly bought a big ice-cream cake in spite of/despite her weight problem. 
2. With -ing

They looked very happy in spite of/ despite loosing the game. 

She flew to Thailand in spite of/despite spending all the money in Paris. 


NOTE: we do not use THAT CLAUSE after in spite of/despite, but we use IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT or DESPITE THE FACT THAT.

When my mom came back home, I was still watching TV, despite the fact that she asked me to wash the dishes. 

P.S. IN SPITE OF = three separate words; we do not use OF after DESPITE

I hope it’s clear now 🙂 

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