Upper-intermediate grammar exercise: despite, in spite of, although, even though ex. 1

English grammar practice exercise, upper-intermediate.

In this exercise you will practise despite, in spite of, although and even though.

Exercise instructions

Fill the gap in each sentence with despite, in spite of, although or even though. There’s a full grammar explanation below the exercise if you need it.

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Although, even though vs. despite
The examples below show us that although / even though and despite / in spite of are similar in meaning, but are used differently.
although, even though
(+ clause)
despite, in spite of
(+ verb + -ing)
Even though he's a millionaire, he lives in a very small flat. Despite / in spite of being a millionaire, he lives in a very small flat.
He lives in a very small flat even though he's a millionaire. He lives in a very small flat despite / in spite of being a millionaire.
Although / even though he's much older than the others, he won the race. Despite / in spite of being much older than the others, he won the race.
He won the race although / even though he's much older than the others. He won the race despite / in spite of being much older than the others.
Even though / although it rained a lot, I enjoyed the holiday. Despite / in spite of the rain, I enjoyed the holiday.
Even though / although they have a lot of money, they're still not happy. 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 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, which is less formal.

We use in spite of / despite:
+ noun
+ verb + -ing
+ the fact that
.
In spite of / despite the heavy traffic, we got there on time. (+ noun)
In spite of / despite the traffic being heavy, we got there on time. (+ verb -ing)

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 more common than in spite of in formal written English.

3 Comments

  1. Joao Marques - January 19, 2016, 10:27 am Reply

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  2. Abiba_Chekol - January 25, 2016, 3:40 pm Reply

    can we say like this? Inspite of your help, we wouldn’t have succeded. why?

    • Michael - October 24, 2016, 4:07 am Reply

      No, you can’t. “In spite of” is the same as “despite,” both of which mean ‘regardless of [some negative, bad, harmful, or unhelpful thing / circumstance / situation / event / etc.]; “help” is a good thing, so “in spite of” or “despite,” would not be appropriate. In this case you could say “Without your help, we wouldn’t have succeeded.” That’s another way of saying “we succeeded because of [with] your help.”

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