despite


despite
despite, in spite of
These two prepositions are largely interchangeable and both can be followed by nouns or noun phrases or by constructions introduced by a participle (a verb ending in -ing): played despite an ankle sprain / had a restless night, despite cuddling for hours / stayed in Munich in spite of Wagner's seduction of his wife / were not admitted in spite of having higher grades. In all these examples, despite could be replaced by in spite of and vice versa. If a clause with a verb has to follow, this must be linked with the fact that and not simply that: He earned more than her despite [or in spite of] the fact that she worked longer hours. But note that although or even though can often replace the unwieldy sequence ‘despite the fact that’ without any loss of meaning.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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