Despite and In Spite Of

Despite and in spite of are two conjunctions of contrast that are confused with although/though/even though... See the explanations below for details.

Further Explanations:

Although-Though vs Despite/In Spite Of

Subject Exercises

Despite vs in spite of exercise
Despite/Though/Even though exercise

Using Despite And In Spite Of

They both are prepositional phrases followed by a noun / pronoun or V-ing form.

Despite the harsh weather conditions, the climbers managed to return from Everest.

In spite of the devastating effects of the earthquake, the city is expected to grow.


There is no difference between these two; neither in meaning nor in usage. You can substitute despite for in spite of and vise verse.

Despite / in spite of having a newborn baby, Sally has never missed any opportunity to go on vacation.


There is no despite of
We say despite the wind, despite the bad news... and not despite of the wind...
It's either in spite of or despite

Don't confuse these two structures with "although" as although is followed by a subordinating clause and not a prepositional phrase.

Although she has a newborn baby, Sally has never missed any opportunity to go on vacation.

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