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    Expressing Concession

    I have sth like this:
    'He prepared the meal very quickly. Everyone enjoyed it.'
    It is modyfied by:
    'Despite his having prepared the meal very quiclky, everyone enjoyed it.'

    So if I have:
    'She's been having French lessons for years. She doesn't speak French very well.'
    can I say:
    'Despite her having been having French lessons for years, she doesn't speak French very well.'?
    Please justify.

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    Re: Expressing Concession

    Hello TBF

    That version is certainly possible; but progressive constructions are less common with "despite her + ING phrase". The tendency is to revert to equivalent non-progressive form.

    So in this case, you would be more likely to hear:

    1. Despite her having had French lessons...

    All the best,


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    Re: Expressing Concession


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