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Claudia rodriguez
How do you use in spite of/ despite?
Oct 18, 2016 7:14 PM
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The only difference between in spite of and despite is the 'of'. Despite the pain in his leg he completed the marathon. It seems to me "in spite of" is a slightly more elaborate form, to be used in more fancy, most formal writing. "Despite" is not informal but not quite that elaborate.
October 18, 2016
There's an explanation here: http://languagelearningbase.com/179/in-spite-of-and-despite Ignore the silly example of "despite of". It's incorrect, and the source of the quote is a newspaper article from 1864. The commenter failed to do the proper research for that.
October 18, 2016
I think we all use both of them interchangeably. I don't think there's a difference between them.
October 19, 2016
Claudia rodriguez
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