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    In spite of himself.

    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?

    He did it in spite of himself.

    Thanks a lot

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    #2

    Re: In spite of himself.

    Without context (ahem!):
    Something about him would have made it unlikely he would succeed, but he did.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: In spite of himself.

    I am sorry, Barb.

    The sentence was just like this when I put it down, it was a few years ago. Now I'm going over my notes. I see it then I ask.

    Anyway, let me provide a context:

    Although he thought it was impossible to conquer the fear in his heart, he did it in spite of himself.

    Is my new sentence idiomatic in AE? If so, I will put it down.

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    #4

    Re: In spite of himself.

    Well... not so much.

    Let's say I'm really bad whenever there's anything wrong with my computer. But I try anyway. And I think I'm supposed to do Thing A. But I'm so bad, I actually do Thing B. And then it turns out that Thing B was what I really needed to do to fix it. So in that case, I fixed it, in spite of myself.
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    #5

    Re: In spite of himself.

    So when using this expression, we emphasize luck?

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    #6

    Re: In spite of himself.

    I hadn't thought about it that way, but we often do, I think.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: In spite of himself.

    Thanks a lot

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