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    Despite being and being nice

    "Despite this being your first film, Tannishtha says you weren't nervous at all. I think she was just being nice. Of course, I was nervous."
    I read this interview on
    Why being is used before nice and your first film? if we say despite this your first film, would it be grammatically correct? What part of speech does it belong to?
    please forgive me if the formatting is not correct.

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    Re: Despite being and being nice

    The subordinate non-finite clause requires a verb-form. Despite needs to be followed by a noun or pronoun. Being is a gerund, a form of the verb that functions in many ways as a noun. You could also have said Despite the fact that this was your first film, ... .

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