Using Despite, In spite of, and Although – Video and Exercises
Our grammar point of the week is about despite/in spite of and although. Our English lesson this week is about sleep.
Although, I slept for 8 hours I still feel tired.
In spite of my busy schedule I manage to get 8 hours of sleep every night.
Can you switch although and in spite of in these sentences? No. English learners often confuse when to use although or despite/in spite of. They serve the same purpose to talk about contrast or something that is contradictory, however they have a different grammatical form which can confuse an English learner. Look at the sentences below:
Despitehe is always late for work he wakes up early. Although is correct here because it is followed by a subject + verb.
Alhoughthe awful bed I slept really well. Despite should be used here because it is followed by a noun ‘the awful bed’.
If these are confusing, watch the video below and do the exercise.
Match the sentence halves:
a. In spite of his age b. despite the low salary and long hours. c. in spite of the rain. d. I couldn’t sleep. e. we aren’t close
1. Although I was tired________________________.
2. I like my job______________________________.
3. I rode my bike home ______________________.
4. Although we went to school together____________________________.
5. _____________________________he runs every day.
Do you get enough sleep? I feel tired often although I usually sleep 8 hours.