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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    despite and in spite of

    Hello there,
    I saw these two sentences in an English course.
    - Despite it raining, we played tennis.
    - In spite of it raining, we played tennis.
    I know that the sentences are correct, but my question is:
    Why there is no verb between the subject "it" and the gerund "raining".
    Thanks in advance
    abdou

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    Re: despite and in spite of

    Because it is a phrase, not a sentence. Colloquial.

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