Despite _______ to reach an agreement, negotiations between the complay
and the union remain at a standstill.
A)attempted B)attempt C)attempts D)attempting
The answer key says C is correct.
But I think D is also correct, isn't it? please explain that clearly....
C isn't correct. D is correct. Because after " despite" we can use only "ing" form, otherwise " despite " must be followed by a noun or a pronoun. (Despite his attempts ) If the answer key says "C" is correct then there must be let's say "his" after "despite".