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    in spite of I am tired

    Would you please explain why "in spite of I'm tired" is incorrect?

    Let's first think of this example.

    I have to go to the school in spite of I am tired because there are exams.

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    Re: in spite of I am tired

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Would you please explain why "in spite of I'm tired" is incorrect?

    Let's first think of this example.

    I have to go to the school in spite of I am tired because there are exams.

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    It's wrong because we say "in spite of the fact that ...".

    Don't use the definite article before "school".

    I have to go to school in spite of the fact that I am tired ...
    I have to go to school despite being tired ...

    It's possible to follow "in spite of" with a noun so you could say "I have to go to school in spite of my tiredness ..." but most native speakers wouldn't use that construction.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: in spite of I am tired

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's wrong because we say "in spite of the fact that ...".

    Don't use the definite article before "school".

    I have to go to school in spite of the fact that I am tired ...
    I have to go to school despite being tired ...

    It's possible to follow "in spite of" with a noun so you could say "I have to go to school in spite of my tiredness ..." but most native speakers wouldn't use that construction.
    But would you please explain the reason with some grammatic why cannot we say "in spite of I'am" ?

    Thank you.

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    Re: in spite of I am tired

    Like most prepositions, despite and the preposition-equivalent phrase in spite of are generally followed by a noun, pronoun or gerund, not a clause.

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    Re: in spite of I am tired

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Like most prepositions, despite and the preposition-equivalent phrase in spite of are generally followed by a noun, pronoun or gerund, not a clause.
    Are "preposition-equivalent phrase" and "prepositional phrase" the same grammatic terms?

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    Re: in spite of I am tired

    Is this correct: I have to school in spite of that I'm tired?

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    Re: in spite of I am tired

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Are "preposition-equivalent phrase" and "prepositional phrase" the same grammatic terms?
    No. A prepositional phrase is a phrase headed by a preposition, for example on the table, despite his illness.

    I used the expression 'preposition-equivalent phrase' to mean exactly what it says, a phrase (in spite of) that is equivalent in the way it works to a preposition. Some people consider it to be a complex preposition.

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