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    regardless of, in spite of

    But it is happening, regardless of their efforts to try to stop it.
    The club welcomes all new members regarless of age.

    Can we use 'in spite of' or 'despite' to replace 'regardless of' in these sentences? What is the difference between them?

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: regardless of, in spite of

    Regardless = without due thought or consideration, without regard to.

    In spite of = in defiance or contempt of something.

    There is a subtle difference. In the context of your sentences, "regardless" means that the age of the members is of no importance, and that their efforts were ineffective.

    "In spite of" in these contexts would imply that the two factors might have a value but that value is being ignored.

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