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    #1

    In spite of

    If spite of being a crook, EVERYBODY likes him.
    Is this sentence ok? I don't like "everybody" as the subject of the second sentence. It sounds awkward to me....

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    #2

    Re: In spite of

    "Despite being a crook..."

    "Everybody" is fine. Or, you could use "everyone."

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    Re: In spite of

    I found it awkward because the subject of the second sentence is not the subject of the first sentence. It's as if, rephrasing the whole sentence, it would go like: "Although EVERYBODY is a crook, everybody likes him". Personally, I'd say something more simple like "In spite of being a crook, HE has many friends".

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    Re: In spite of

    Yeah, you're right it's a bit "misplaced modifier." To be absolutely clear, try "Despite his being a crook, everybody liked him."

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    #5

    Re: In spite of

    I'd like to ask a question here.

    In spite of/despite being a crook, he is liked by everybody.

    Is the sentence above natural?
    (I'm asking this because I hear there are many cases in which the passive sounds unnatural.)

    Thank you.

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    #6

    Re: In spite of

    It's OK.

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