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    in spite of her losing/ in spite of having lost

    I’m trying to connect the two sentences into one using the preposition ‘in spite of’. I have deliberately omitted using the phrase ‘the fact that’ because I know how to use it.

    I’m unsure on the correct use of the preposition followed by ‘a noun phrase’ and ‘a gerund’. Hence, the below sentences (a) and (b). (a) sounds a bit strange due to the repetition of 'her'. Are both sentences wrong?

    Cecilia has lost her sight in a ghastly boating accident. Cecilia does not dwell in self-pity.

    (a) In spite of her losing her sight in a ghastly boating accident, Cecilia does not dwell in self-pity.

    (b) In spite of having lost her sight in a ghastly boating accident, Cecilia does not dwell in self-pity.

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    Re: in spite of her losing/ in spite of having lost

    (a) would be OK without the first "her".
    (b) is OK.
    I don't much like "dwell in self pity". Can you think of another way to express the idea?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: in spite of her losing/ in spite of having lost

    I was attempting an exercise, hence was not the one who had set the question using "dwell in self pity"

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    Re: in spite of her losing/ in spite of having lost

    Is 'having lost' considered a gerund? If not, what is the grammar term for 'having lost'?


    - In spite of
    having lost her sight in a ghastly boating accident, Cecilia does not dwell in self-pity.




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    Re: in spite of her losing/ in spite of having lost

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    I was attempting an exercise, hence was not the one who had set the question using "dwell in self pity".
    The usual expression is 'wallow in self-pity'. (Click)
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Jan-2016 at 12:47.

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