Study this example:
Last year I and my friend went to Canada. It rained a lot, but we enjoyed it.
We can say:
Although it rained a lot, we enjoyed it.
(=It rained a lot, but we…)
In spite of the rain, we enjoyed it.
Despite the rain, we enjoyed it.
The difference between although, in spite of and despite is, that after in spite of and despite we use a noun or a pronoun (this/that/what etc.), but after although we use a subject+verb.
- In spite of the rain, we enjoyed our trip to Canada.
- In spite of the spiders, I had a great time.
- I didn’t feel well, but despite that I went to school.
- I didn’t pass the exam despite the fact/in spite of the fact I studied a whole night.
(usage of despite the fact/in spite of the fact)
You can use though instead of although. The meaning is the same.
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