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  1. kilroy65's Avatar
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    "Despite having..."

    The following sentence can be found in several websites and online tutorials as an illustration of the usage of "despite":

    "Despite having all the necessary qualifications, they didn't offer me the job."

    I think there's something downright illogical about it. It is as if "they" had all the necessary qualifications which is clearly not the intended meaning. It seems to me that it is a misplaced clause improperly separated from the word it describes ("me").

    Wouldn't it be better to say: "Despite having all the necessary qualifications, I wasn't offered the job.", or: "Despite the fact that I had all the necessary qualifications, they didn't offer me the job."?

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    Re: "Despite having..."

    Yes, or: "Despite my having all the necessary qualifications..."
    “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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