Although, even though vs. despite

Although and even though have a similar meaning to despite and in spite of

We use all of these words to say that a thing is surprising, unusual or unexpected in relation to another thing. This is called concession.

While the meaning of these words is similar, there is a difference in how we use them.

Although and even though are conjunctions. They have the same meaning. Even though is a little stronger than although.

We use these structures:

  • although + a clause
  • even though + a clause

Despite and in spite of are prepositions, and have the same meaning. They are used with these structures:

  • despite + noun
  • despite + verb + -ing
  • in spite of + a noun
  • in spite of + verb + -ing
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.

 

See also:
Despite, in spite of
Confusing words: although vs. though

test_upper4 Practice exercise 1. (upper-intermediate) Despite, in spite of, although, even though ex.1
test_upper4 Practice exercise 2. (upper-intermediate) Despite, in spite of, although, even though ex. 2



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