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    Maria Melo is offline Newbie
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    in spite of

    A student of mine wrote: In spite of John being ill, he went to the party.

    Can I accept this? Is that grammatically correct?

    I've always told my students to say: In spite of being ill, John went to the party or In spite of the fact that John was ill, he went to the party.

    Thank you

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    Re: in spite of

    Quote Originally Posted by Maria Melo View Post
    A student of mine wrote: In spite of John being ill, he went to the party.

    Can I accept this? Is that grammatically correct?

    I've always told my students to say: In spite of being ill, John went to the party or In spite of the fact that John was ill, he went to the party.

    Thank you
    It would be OK as "In spite of John's being ill, he went to the party".

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