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    Despite having + past participle

    If I want to use "despite" instead of "although" in this sentence, "Although he ran on the threadmill every day, he could not pass the test", do I write "Despite having run on the threadmill every day, he could not pass the test"?

    Does the despite + having + past participle signify the verb is in the past tense (if used in a finite clause) or present perfect tense or both?

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    Re: Despite having + past participle

    Your sentences are correct, though you mean 'treadmill'.

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    Re: Despite having + past participle

    Yes, sorry, that was a typo. So my question would be does "despite having run" mean the same as "although he has run" or "although he ran" or it could mean both? Thanks.

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    Re: Despite having + past participle

    It could mean either of those.

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    Re: Despite having + past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It could mean either of those.
    Thanks, and I assume if we use "despite + Ving", it would mean the same as using the present simple or present continous right?

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    Re: Despite having + past participle

    I'm not sure I get your question. Are you trying to follow "Despite" with the present simple or present continuous? If so, please give us example sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Despite having + past participle

    "Although he ran on the treadmill every day ..."
    For me, the same meaning with "despite" goes: "Despite running on the treadmill every day ..."

    The reason is that the sense is ongoing. Even though the first sentence says "he ran", it would mean that he's still doing it, so "Despite having run ..." is not the same.
    "Despite having run ..." means "Although he had run ..."

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