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    although vs ''in spite of'' vs ''despite''

    I appreciated that she took the trouble to come and see us although she was very busy.

    hi,
    I borrowed this sentence from another post. I would like to know if ''although'' is the best choice here? How about ''in spite of'' or ''despite''?
    Thanks.

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    Re: although vs ''in spite of'' vs ''despite''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    I appreciated that she took the trouble to come and see us although she was very busy.

    hi,
    I borrowed this sentence from another post. I would like to know if ''although'' is the best choice here? How about ''in spite of'' or ''despite''?
    Thanks.
    I also would like to know if it would sound ok like that:

    I appreciated that she took the trouble to come and see us even being very busy.

    thank you.

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    Re: although vs ''in spite of'' vs ''despite''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    I appreciated that she took the trouble to come and see us although she was very busy.

    hi,
    I borrowed this sentence from another post. I would like to know if ''although'' is the best choice here? How about ''in spite of'' or ''despite''?
    Thanks.
    (not a professional teacher) The sentence as written is OK. You could also say "in spite of being very busy" or "despite being". To my ear, the latter options really emphasise the fact that she was making an effort or inconveniencing herself by accommodating you. Another way of saying this would be "even though she was very busy".

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    Re: although vs ''in spite of'' vs ''despite''

    She took the trouble to come and see us although she was very busy.

    She took the trouble to come and see us even though she was very busy.

    Despite being very busy, she took the trouble to come and see us.

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    Re: although vs ''in spite of'' vs ''despite''

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    She took the trouble to come and see us although she was very busy.

    She took the trouble to come and see us even though she was very busy.

    Despite being very busy, she took the trouble to come and see us.
    Thanks a lot, Ron.
    When I use ''despite'' or ''in spite of'', do I have to place them in the beginning of the sentence?
    Thanks.

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    Re: although vs ''in spite of'' vs ''despite''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Thanks a lot, Ron.
    When I use ''despite'' or ''in spite of'', do I have to place them in the beginning of the sentence?
    Thanks.
    Not necessarily. Example:
    She did it despite being told not to do it.

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