[Grammar] in spite of

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Maria Melo

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A student of mine wrote: In spite of John being ill, he went to the party.

Can I accept this? Is that grammatically correct?

I've always told my students to say: In spite of being ill, John went to the party or In spite of the fact that John was ill, he went to the party.

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A student of mine wrote: In spite of John being ill, he went to the party.

Can I accept this? Is that grammatically correct?

I've always told my students to say: In spite of being ill, John went to the party or In spite of the fact that John was ill, he went to the party.

Thank you

It would be OK as "In spite of John's being ill, he went to the party".
 
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