Transitions and Connectors
Introduction to "Despite" and "In spite of"
This ESL writing lesson introduces students to the correct usage of "despite" and "in spite of", which are often used to connect sentences and transition from one idea to another.
Despite is similar to “although”, but you only write a noun or phrase after despite:
You can also put “despite/in spite of” at the end of the sentences:
Remember: After “despite/in spite of”, you should only write a noun or a phrase, and not a complete sentence. (You can write a complete sentence after “although/even though”, but not after “despite/in spite of”)
· Despite having a cold, Bill went to work. (OR: Despite his cold, Bill went to work.)
· Despite being tired, Bill went to work.
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