English Grammar for TOEIC: Despite, In Spite Of, Although & Even Though.

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The TOEIC exam will check your understanding of how to use despite, in spite of, although & even though in English. Today I am going to show you how these words and phrases are used.

Despite and In Spite Of have the same meaning and are used with the same grammar.

Despite + Noun not despite of

  • Despite the rain, we went to the beach.
  • Despite the time, we continued talking.

Despite + Gerund not despite of

  • Despite losing her wallet, Jane was in a good mood.
  • Despite waiting for an hour, we were glad to sit in the train.

Despite + the fact that + Sentence

  • Despite the fact that it was raining, we went to the beach.
  • Despite the fact that Jane lost her wallet, she was in a good mood.

In spite of + Noun

  • In spite of the rain, we went to the beach.
  • In spite of the time, we continued talking.

In spite of + Gerund

  • In spite of losing her wallet, Jane was in a good mood.
  • In spite of waiting for an hour, we were glad to sit in the train.

In spite of + the fact that + Sentence

  • In spite of the fact that it was raining, we went to the beach.
  • In spite of the fact that Jane lost her wallet, she was in a good mood.

Although & even though have the same structure, but even though has a stronger meaning. We use although (or) even though + sentence

  • Although it was raining, we went to the beach.
  • Although Jane lost her wallet, she was in a good mood.
  • Even though it was raining, we went to the beach.
  • Even though Jane lost her wallet, she was in a good mood.

Now it’s your turn. How about trying to write an original sentence using some of the above patterns. Use the comment box below!

 



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