“Although”, “even though”, “in spite of”

    Spotlight Plus 3/2019
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    Von Lynda Hübner

    Here, you can practise phrases with “although”, “though”, “even so” and “in spite of”. Scroll down for the exercises. If you’re not sure about the differences between the expressions, read the explanations in the box below.



    1. Although is a conjunction. It can be placed at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence:

    • Although it was raining, we went for a walk.
    • We went for a walk, although it was raining.

    In conversation, you can also say though:

    • It was a good party, though I didn’t know many people there.

    To add emphasis, you can say even though:

    • Even though it was raining, we went for a walk.
    • In conversation, people often use though at the end of a ­sentence:
    • It was a good party. I didn’t know many people there, though.

    2. In spite of is followed by a noun or noun phrase:

    • In spite of the weather, we went for a walk.

    Beyond the basics

    1. The word despite has the same meaning as in spite of. It is mainly used in texts of a more formal style:
    Despite his unpopularity, he refused to resign.

    2. Two clauses can be joined with “in spite of” or “despite” by adding the fact that:

    • In spite of the fact that it was raining, we went for a walk.
    • I enjoyed the party, despite the fact that I knew very few people there.


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