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    despite his having not interest/his disinterest in it

    I attempted this synthesis question without using ‘the fact that’ after the preposition, ‘despite’ with answers (a) and (b). The position of ‘despite’ is fixed.

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    Smith is not interested in participating in the tournament. He was asked to participate by his coach.

    My answers:

    (a) Smith was asked to participate in the tournament by his coach despite his having no interest in it.
    (I added ‘his’ because it sounds weird without a pronoun that ties back to Smith. I went purely by logic and the ‘sound’ of it. If by chance, I’m correct, kindly help me to understand why my usage of ‘his’ before ‘having’ is correct.)

    (b) Smith was asked to participate in the tournament by his coach despite his disinterest in it.
    (if this answer is incorrect, kindly help me to understand why.)

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: despite his having not interest/his disinterest in it

    Smith was asked to participate by his coach despite being not interested in participating in the tournament.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: despite his having not interest/his disinterest in it

    Oops I forgot to include 'by his coach' in my answers

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    Re: despite his having not interest/his disinterest in it

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Smith was asked to participate by his coach despite being not interested in participating in the tournament.

    How about moving tournament to the front:
    Smith was asked to participate in the tournament by his coach despite (him? ) being not interested in it.

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    Re: despite his having not interest/his disinterest in it

    Smith was asked by his coach to participate in the tournament despite not being interested in it.
    I am not a teacher.

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