• 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:

    Despite he is always late for work he wakes up early.  Although is correct here because it is followed by a subject + verb. 

    Alhough the 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.

    • Muhammad Rizwan

      1. Although I was tired. I couldn’t sleep.

      2. I like my job despite the low salary and long hours.

      3. I rode my bike home in spite of the rain.

      4. Although we went to school together we aren’t close.

      In spite of his age he runs every day.

      • LOIEnglish

        Good work Muhammad! Try our listening exercise about sleep and the snooze button next. As always thanks for posting. If you have any grammar questions please contact me.

    • aieruz

      Please be careful as to the use of commas. In the first sentence, “Although,” is incorrect. The comma should go after “hours”-
      In the other sentences, the comma should go at the end of the subordinate clause “In spite of/Despite (“whatever”-Noun Phrase), she managed to get through.
      These details speak volumes about the quality -or shortcomings- of the service offered.
      Affectionately, an English teacher from the Basque Country