What The difference between Although / Though /Even Though In Spite Of/Despite ?




What The difference between Although  /  Though

/even though In spite of/despite ?


Look in this Examlpe :



Last year Jack and Jill spent their holidays by 

the sea.

  It rained a lot but they enjoyed themselves. 

You can say:

  Although it rained a lot, they enjoyed 

themselves. (= It rained a lot but they ...)

  or In spite of the rain, they enjoyed 

themselves. Despite the rain, they enjoyed 

themselves.


1- After although we use a subject + verb:

Examples :

* Although it rained a lot, we enjoyed our holiday.


  * I didn't get the job although I had all the necessary qualifications.

2-    C. After in spite of or despite, we use a noun, a 

pronoun (this/that/what etc.) or ~ing:

Examples :

* In spite of the rain, we enjoyed our holiday.


  * I didn't get the job in spite of having all the necessary 

qualifications.

  * She wasn't well, but in spite of this she went to work.

  * In spite of what I said yesterday, I still love you.

NOTE :



 Despite is the same as in spite of. Note that we say 'in 

spite of', but despite (without 'of'):


Examples :

* I didn't get the job in spite of the fact (that) I had all the 

necessary qualifications.


* I didn't get the job despite of the fact (that) I had all the 

necessary qualifications.

3-    Compare although and in spite of/despite:



* Although the traffic was bad, I arrived on time. (not 'in spite 
of the traffic was bad')

  In spite of the traffic, I arrived on time. (not 'in spite of the 

traffic was bad')

  * I couldn't sleep although I was very tired. (not 'despite I 

was tired')
  * I couldn't sleep despite being very tired. (not 'despite I was 
tired')

    E. Sometimes we use though instead of although:

  * I didn't get the job though I had all the necessary 

qualifications.

  In spoken English we often use though at the end of a 
sentence:

  * The house isn't very nice. I like the garden though. (= but I 
like the garden)


  * I see him every day. I've never spoken to him though. (= 

but I've never spoken to him)

  Even though (but not 'even' alone) is a stronger form of 

although:

  * Even though I was really tired, I couldn't sleep. (not 'Even 

I was really tired ...')
 

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