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    #1

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    Hi

    Is it correctly used in the following sentence?


    In spite of it being very popular, many older people do not know how to use the Internet.



    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: it

    Yes. 'it' is a noun a here, replacing 'internet'. 'In spite of' has to be followed by a noun phrase or the ing form.

    Example:

    In spite of the rain, we went by bike.
    In spite of him being rude, she asked him out on a date.



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    #3

    Re: it

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcake View Post
    Yes. 'it' is a noun a here, replacing 'internet'. 'In spite of' has to be followed by a noun phrase or the ing form.

    Example:

    In spite of the rain, we went by bike.
    In spite of him being rude, she asked him out on a date.


    Thank you very much Snowcake!

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    #4

    Re: it

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi

    Is it correctly used in the following sentence?


    In spite of it being very popular, many older people do not know how to use the Internet.



    Thank you very much in advance.
    In spite of the internet being popular,it is not used by many older people /Its use is not known to many older people.
    Regards,
    RJ1948
    Last edited by rj1948; 24-May-2008 at 14:00.


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    #5

    Re: it

    The sentence as it stands is a little harsh on the ears.
    Another way of phrasing :

    Despite its great popularity, many older people do not know how to use the Internet.


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    #6

    Re: it

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi

    Is it correctly used in the following sentence?


    In spite of it being very popular, many older people do not know how to use the Internet.



    Thank you very much in advance.
    You could also say: In spite of/despite its being very popular etc

    I don't think the difference between the ordinary pronoun (in this case "it") and the possessive pronoun (in this case "its") has yet been researched by linguists (although I may be wrong). As a native speaker, I would prefer 'its' in this instance.


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    In spite of Mike winning the race ...
    In spite of Mike's winning the race ...

    With people both are possible, but if you take a non-person only the first variant will work.

    In spite of the horse winning the race...

    'Mike('s) winning' are called gerundial complexes. And because of those fluctuations (Mike - Mike's) the ing-form is called a half-gerund, as it somehow reminds participle I.

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    You could also say: In spite of/despite its being very popular etc

    I don't think the difference between the ordinary pronoun (in this case "it") and the possessive pronoun (in this case "its") has yet been researched by linguists (although I may be wrong). As a native speaker, I would prefer 'its' in this instance.
    I absolutely agree.

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    #9

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    Thank you all for your quick replies.

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    #10

    Re: it

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcake View Post
    Yes. 'it' is a noun a here, replacing 'internet'. 'In spite of' has to be followed by a noun phrase or the ing form.

    Example:

    In spite of the rain, we went by bike.
    In spite of him being rude, she asked him out on a date.


    Excellent!

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