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    despite vs. inspite

    hi teachers!

    my Question is how despite and inspite differ frm each other in term of their usage in a sentence..

    thank you all!

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    Re: despite vs. inspite

    Quote Originally Posted by mayumee07 View Post
    hi teachers!

    my Question is how despite and inspite differ frm each other in term of their usage in a sentence..

    thank you all!
    "He went out without an umbrella in spite of the rain".
    "He went out without an umbrella despite the rain".


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    Re: despite vs. inspite

    Many people will tell you there is no difference...and the way these two are used in speaking and writing, people regard them as interchangeable.

    There is, however, a subtle difference. Consider these two sentences:

    1. We had a great time on holiday, despite the bad weather.
    2. In spite of the rain, the cricket match continued.

    'despite' has the sense of 'even though' (there was bad weather)

    'in spite of' has the sense of an active defiance: we may have been soaked to the skin, but we didn't let the bad weather stop us from finishing the game.

    If you were in Las Vegas on holiday - and it poured with rain for days - you could still have a great time with the attractions available in the hotels. Not being able to spend a great deal of time outdoors would not have presented a great challenge: you could have a great time despite what the weather's like outside.
    ...compare going to Maldives for sun and surf, if it poured with rain there throughout your holiday! You would really need to put aside your disappointment at flying across the world and finding rain you equally have at home...and in spite the tropical rain, still make/regard the holiday as enjoyable ...that takes a 'defiant', optimistic outlook.

    So, it terms of the poster before me:
    "He went out without an umbrella in spite of the rain". would be the better choice.
    Last edited by Excalibur; 11-Nov-2009 at 11:52.


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    Re: despite vs. inspite

    thanks excalibur for clear answer..and further explanation

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