ESL Writing

Transitions and Connectors

Review of "Despite" and "Although"

In this ESL writing lesson, students practice filling in the blanks with either "despite" or "although".

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Despite vs. Although

Fill in the blanks with “despite” or “although”. (See page 78 for answers.)


1. __________ I didn’t sleep well last night, I don’t feel too tired today.

2. __________ not feeling well, John went to work today.

3. We decided to go to the beach __________ the cold weather.

4. __________ she is a very smart girl, Jane doesn’t do well on tests.

5. __________ this book is very long, I was able to read it in just two days.

6. __________ being very long, I was able to read that book in just two days.

7. Jerry passed the test ___________ making several mistakes.

8. __________ he was hungry, Mike offered his sandwich to his little brother.

9. __________ his hunger, Mike offered his sandwich to his little brother.

10. We had to go to school yesterday __________ the typhoon.

 

Rewrite these sentences – If the sentence uses “although/even though” rewrite it with “despite/in spite of”. If the sentence uses “despite/in spite of”, rewrite it with “although/even though”.


1. In spite of the snow, we had to go to school yesterday.

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2. This car runs very well even though it’s old.

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3. Although he only has one arm, Jeff is able to play baseball as well as everyone else.

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