Thursday, 4 February 2016

Linking words: although, despite, in spite of, however

In spite of, despite,although and though are all used to show a contrast but there are some differences:

In spite of / despite

After in spite of and despite we use a noun or a pronoun.
  • We enjoyed our summer holiday in spite of the rain.
  • Despite the pain in his leg he went to work
  • Despite having all the right qualifications, they didn’t give me the job.

After although we use a subject and a verb.
  • We enjoyed our holidays in Paris although it rained every day.
  • Although Sally studied very hard, she didn’t manage to pass the exam.
  • The holiday was great although the hotel food was tasteless
Even though

Even though is a slightly stronger form of although.
  • They decided to buy the flat even though they didn’t really have enough money.
  • You keep making that noise even though I’ve asked you to stop three times!
Like although, even though is followed by a subject and a verb.
Now let's practise!

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