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    despite of

    Despite of being easy, many failed the test.
    I thought that this sentence is correct and the use of Despite is also right. However in a test it said that it's not correct but I still can't find out why!!
    Could you tell me please why?!
    thanks in advance.

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    Re: despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Despite of being easy, many failed the test.
    I thought that this sentence is correct and the use of Despite is also right. However in a test it said that it's not correct but I still can't find out why!!
    Could you tell me please why?!
    thanks in advance.
    "Despite of" is wrong. "Despite" means "In spite of". So that leaves:
    Despite (In spite of) being easy, many failed the test.
    This is wrong for a different reason. With this sort of construction, whatever is "easy" should come after the comma (because you haven't described what is "easy" yet". So:
    "Despite being easy, the test had a high failure rate" or
    "Despite the test being easy, many failed"

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    Re: despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Despite of being easy, many failed the test.
    I thought that this sentence is correct and the use of Despite is also right. However in a test it said that it's not correct but I still can't find out why!!
    Could you tell me please why?!
    thanks in advance.
    The structure is:
    DESPITE/ INSPITE OF + VERB-ING/ NOUN/ NOUN PHRASE, + CLAUSE

    =>Despite being easy, many students failed the test.

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    Re: despite of

    I didn't quite get it!! May be if you can provide other examples withe the same expression it would be easy to understand.
    In that sentence, I don't understand what's the diffrence between despite and despite of. In addition to that, I think it's obvious to notice that easy is the adjectif of test.

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    Re: despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    I didn't quite get it!! May be if you can provide other examples withe the same expression it would be easy to understand.
    In that sentence, I don't understand what's the diffrence between despite and despite of. In addition to that, I think it's obvious to notice that easy is the adjectif of test.
    There are only "despite" and "inspite of", not "despite of"
    Ex: "Despite being qualified, he didn't get the job."
    "Inspite of being qualified, he didn't get the job."

    "Despite her sickness, she still stays up late to finish her work."
    "Inspite of her sickness, she still stays up late to finish her work."

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    Re: despite of

    Despite being easy, many students failed the test.
    This could mean: Despite the students being easy, they failed the test.
    Which does not make sense of course, but the subject should be made clear to avoid any ambiguity. Raymott has put it nicely.

    In spite is two words, not 'inspite'.

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    Re: despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by lucalita009 View Post
    The structure is:
    DESPITE/ INSPITE OF + VERB-ING/ NOUN/ NOUN PHRASE, + CLAUSE

    =>Despite being easy, many students failed the test.
    This is wrong, for the reasons I've already given.

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    Re: despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    I didn't quite get it!! May be if you can provide other examples withe the same expression it would be easy to understand.
    In that sentence, I don't understand what's the diffrence between despite and despite of. In addition to that, I think it's obvious to notice that easy is the adjectif of test.
    1. "Despite of" is not a standard English phrase. "Despite" or "In spite of" are. Even "in despite of" is standard according to my dictionary.
    2. Yes, it's obvious that "easy" relates to "the test".
    It's also obvious that "He take test yesterday" means "He took the test yesterday", but it's not correct English.
    It might become more obvious in the following sentences:
    "Although she was beautiful, Jane hated Susan. Who is beautiful?
    "Even though it smelled bad, the dog ate the meat" What smelled bad?
    "Even though it smelled bad, the dog's carcass remained on the beach.
    "Because he was very clever, the student listened to the teacher" Who is clever?
    The rule is that the subject of the adjective in the first phrase follows the comma.

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    Re: despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    This is wrong, for the reasons I've already given.
    Could you tell me why it is wrong? It is what I was taught. Do you have any other structures?

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    Re: despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by lucalita009 View Post
    Could you tell me why it is wrong? It is what I was taught. Do you have any other structures?
    DESPITE/ INSPITE OF + VERB-ING/ NOUN/ NOUN PHRASE, + CLAUSE is not necessarily wrong

    =>Despite being easy, many students failed the test.
    is wrong.
    There's nothing wrong with the syntax. But that's only part of language.
    You can't take a syntactic template like DESPITE/ INSPITE OF + VERB-ING/ NOUN/ NOUN PHRASE, + CLAUSE and just add any verb for "verb" or any clause for "clause". They also have to make sense.

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