Despite in spite of
A question from Rupam in India and Charlie Meier in Germany:
Can we use ‘of’ with the word ‘despite’?
Hi, Charlie and Rupam. Thanks for your question. You’ve both asked about something that confuses a lot of English learners!
Despite is a proposition that takes a noun (or noun phrase) as its object. It does not need ‘of‘:
- She went swimming despite the cold.
- Despite her doubts, she eventually agreed to the proposal.
- I will vote for her despite her record on environmental issues.
- Despite living in Germany for several years , he still didn’t speak German.
Using ‘of’ with despite is not correct!
English learners sometimes confuse despite with in spite of (they have the same meaning!).
- She went swimming in spite of the cold.
- In spite of her doubts, she eventually agreed to the proposal.
- I will vote for her in spite of her record on environmental issues.
- In spite of living in Germany for several years , he still didn’t speak German.
I hope that has cleared it up for you both.
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