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    #1

    in spite of pulling

    Instead of using 'Despite', I wrote:

    In spite of pulling at the string with all his strength, James could not remove it from under the equipment.

    If I don't want to use 'the fact that", and simply use 'pulling' after 'In spite of' in this sentence, is it incorrect?

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    #2

    Re: in spite of pulling

    Yes. It is.

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    #3

    Re: in spite of pulling

    "The fact that" wouldn't fit in that sentence. Even in sentences where you can use the phrase, you shouldn't.
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    #4

    Re: in spite of pulling

    I would go so far as to say that the fact that you can use the phrase "the fact that" is no good reason to use it.
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    #5

    Re: in spite of pulling

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    "The fact that" wouldn't fit in that sentence. Even in sentences where you can use the phrase, you shouldn't.
    Do you mean I should avoid using "In spite of the fact that......"? (That 'in spite of' should not be paired with 'the fact that'?)

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    #6

    Re: in spite of pulling

    You can avoid the phrase altogether with careful writing.

    Clumsy: In spite of the fact that his car was on its last legs, Harry headed for the Coast.

    Concise: Harry headed for the coast despite his car's poor condition.
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    Re: in spite of pulling

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Yes. It is.
    If not using 'the fact that', and simply use 'pulling' after 'in spite of' is incorrect, how about if I write it this way:

    - In spite of his pulling at the string with all his strength, James could not remove it from under the equipment.

    Is it still incorrect?

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    Re: in spite of pulling

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    If not using 'the fact that', and simply use 'pulling' after 'in spite of' is incorrect, how about if I write it this way:

    - In spite of his pulling at the string with all his strength, James could not remove it from under the equipment.

    Is it still incorrect?
    No. In fact, I almost wrote a post suggesting that wording.
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    #9

    Re: in spite of pulling

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. In fact, I almost wrote a post suggesting that wording.
    If that is also incorrect, then how to write it correctly, beginning with "In spite of......"

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    #10

    Re: in spite of pulling

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    If that is also incorrect, then how to write it correctly, beginning with "In spite of......"
    You asked "Is it still incorrect?" I answered "No [it is not incorrect]." That means I thought your proposed sentence was correct.
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