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    Oceanlike is offline Senior Member
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    in spite of failing

    Is my sentence correct?

    (a) Robin refused to quit in spite of failing the course three times.
    (Somehow, it sounds a bit strange not to put 'his' before 'failing'.)

    (b) Robin refused to quit in spite of his failing the course three times.

    I find that my using of 'in spite of' is sometimes unsure; I'm not confident of it.

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    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
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    Re: in spite of failing

    I would only use (a).

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    bubbha is offline Senior Member
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    Re: in spite of failing

    Both (a) and (b) are correct, but (a) is far more natural in my opinion.
    NOT A TEACHER. Translator and editor, and I hold a TESOL certificate. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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