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    #1

    if small / despite small

    Hi,

    - His house, if small, is very comfortable.

    I know we can use 'if' to before an adjective to introduce a contrast, but I would like to ask if I can use 'despite' instead of 'if'.

    - His house, despite small, is very comfortable.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: if small / despite small

    No. say 'despite being small' or 'despite its smallness'.

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    #3

    Re: if small / despite small

    You can say:

    His house, though small, is comfortable.

    not a teacher

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    #4

    Re: if small / despite small

    'Despite' calls for a noun (or a gerund [=verbal noun]).

    'Despite [its] smallness' or 'despite being small'.

    But I prefer the other options you've been given (avoiding 'despite').

    b

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    #5

    Re: if small / despite small

    "His house is comfortable, if a bit small" works in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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