Upper-intermediate grammar exercise: despite, in spite of, although, even though ex. 2

English grammar practice exercise, upper-intermediate.

In this exercise you will practise using the correct structures which follow despite, in spite of, although and even though.

Instructions:
Rewrite the sentences below but keep the same meaning. Use the word given (despite, in spite of, although or even though).

There is a grammar explanation with example sentences at the bottom of the page.

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Although, even though vs. despite
Here are some examples showing us that although / even though and despite / in spite of are similar in meaning, but are used with different structures.
although, even though, though (+ clause)

Even though he's a millionaire, he lives in a very small flat.
He lives in a very small flat, even though he's a millionaire.

Although / even though / though he's much older than the others, he won the race.
He won the race, although / even though / though he's much older than the others.
despite, in spite of (+ verb + -ing)

Despite / in spite of being a millionaire, he lives in a very small flat.
He lives in a very small flat, despite / in spite of being a millionaire.
Despite / in spite of being much older than the others, he won the race.
He won the race, despite / in spite of being much older than the others. 
although, even though, though (+ clause)

Even though / although / though it rained a lot, I enjoyed the holiday.
Even though / although / though they have a lot of money, they're still not happy.
despite, in spite of (+ noun)

Despite / in spite of the rain, I enjoyed the holiday.
Despite / in spite of their money, they're still not happy.

Despite, in spite of
Despite and in spite of have the same meaning and are prepositions.

We use despite / in spite of to express that something is unexpected or surprising.
despite something (noun)
despite + verb + -ing
despite the fact that
Despite the heavy traffic, we got there on time.
Despite being much older than the others, he won the race.
Despite and in spite of can be followed by a noun or verb.

They can also be followed by 'the fact that' (less formal).
despite something (noun)
despite + verb + -ing
despite the fact that

in spite of something (noun)
in spite of + verb + -ing
in spite of the fact that
In spite of / despite the heavy traffic, we got there on time.
In spite of / despite the traffic being heavy, we got there on time.
In spite of / despite the fact that he is much older than the others, he won the race.
In spite of / despite being much older than the others, he won the race.
Despite is used more often than in spite of in formal written English.