although despite in spite of

Do you know how lớn connect two contrasting ideas with words lượt thích although and despite? Test what you know with interactive exercises and read the explanation lớn help you.

Look at these examples lớn see how although, even though, in spite of and despite are used.

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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 lớn use mobile phones while driving.
Despite the law, people continue lớn use mobile phones while driving.
It's illegal lớn use mobile phones while driving. People still bởi it, though.

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Grammar test 1

'in spite of', 'despite', 'although', 'even though' and 'though': Grammar test 1

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Grammar explanation

Although, even though, in spite of and despite are all used lớn links 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 sườn 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 lớn use in spite of and despite with the expression the fact that, followed by a subject and verb.

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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 kêu ca 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

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 kết thúc 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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Grammar test 2

'in spite of', 'despite', 'although', 'even though' and 'though': Grammar test 2

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