Stephen Chan
Which form of words should I add behind ‘despite/in spite of’? Could you tell me which form of words should I add behind the word 'despite / in spite of’? A none or a gerund like 'doing, having’? ^_^
Nov 19, 2017 1:17 AM
Answers · 4
"Despite" and "in spite of" are followed by nouns or gerunds. By the way, note that we can't use the word "behind" in the way that you used it in your question. One word can never be behind another one - this makes no sense in English. A word which follows another word in a sentence is "after" it, not "behind" it. I've noticed a number of Chinese speakers making this mistake, and wonder if this is because of first-language interference.
November 19, 2017
Gerunds or nouns follow these expressions.
November 19, 2017
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Stephen Chan
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), English
Learning Language
English