English Lesson: Using “Despite”

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Despite the holiday weekend, I went to work as usual. I left the house at 7:15 and there was a lot of traffic on the road, despite the fact that it was a Sunday. I guess a lot of people were travelling, maybe to the beach. There was a big surfing competition here, and despite the damage done by the hurricane last week, the competition was held as scheduled.

Despite is used when we want to show that something is not affected by something else. For example,

  • Despite the holiday weekend, I went to work as usual

This means, even though it was a holiday weekend, I went to work. My work schedule was not affected by the fact that it was a holiday weekend. Here is another example:

  • Despite his low score on the final exam, he passed the course.

This means that he had a low score on his final exam, but he was able to pass the course. His passing the course was not affected by the low score on the exam.

There are four basic structures we can use despite in:

Despite + Noun

  • Despite the hurricane, I went to work as usual.
  • We went to the amusement park despite the bad weather.

Despite + Noun Clause

  • Despite his tight schedule, he completed the job perfectly.
  • The student’s left school early, despite the teacher’s orders that they stay.

Despite + Gerund

  • Despite missing the meeting, Jack knew about the project.
  • I went to work, despite wanting to sleep late today.

Despite the fact that + Sentence

  • Despite the fact that he won the lottery, he didn’t quit his job.
  • Jack went to the party, despite the fact that his ex-girlfriend was also planning to go there.  

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