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Concession Clauses

Concession Clauses

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They are similar in meaning, yes. They all serve to record something thatis surprising or unexpected. But the difference in usage is that
although
,
though
and
even though
are all conjunctions, whilst
inspite of 
and
despite
are both prepositions. So usage requires:in spite of + nounalthough + clausedespite + nounthough + clauseeven though + clause
Although
and
though
can be used in the same way.
Though
isperhaps more common in informal speech and writing, whereas
although
can be used in a wide variety of styles. Compare:
'Our new neighbours are quite nice,
though
their dog is abit of a nuisance.'
'She insisted on keeping her coat on,
although
it wasextremely warm in the house as the central heating wason.'
'
Although
she was commended for completing theMillennium Dome project on time and within budget,management felt that it was now time for a new personwith different talents to take over.'
Though
is often used with even in order to give emphasis:
'I managed to get good results in my exams, eventhough I went out four times a week when I wassupposed to be revising.'Whilst
despite
might be thought more formal than
in spite of 
-it is, after all, one word rather than three - there is really verylittle difference in usage between the two:
'
Despite
the appalling weather, they succeeded inwalking to the top of Ben Nevis.'
'They decided to get married
in spite of 
the hugedifferences in their ages.'
 
So, to summarise:
despite
and
although
: similar meanings,but different syntax required. Compare:
'
Although
it was raining heavily, we finished the game of football.'
'We finished the game of football
in spite of 
the heavyrain.'
'
Despite
his strong Welsh accent, we understood most of what he was saying.'
'
Even though
he had a strong Welsh accent, weunderstood most of what he was saying.'One further word.
Although
,
despite
and
in spite of 
arenormally used as prepositions, they can also be used in adverbialconstructions with
-ing
, thus:
'I managed to pass my exams, despite going out fourtimes a week during the revision period.'
'In spite of feeling terribly sick, I went to work every daythat week.'
'Despite being severely handicapped, he managed tocomplete the race.'
Although, despite and in spite of Exercise
Gap-fill exerciseFill the gaps with ALTHOUGH, DESPITE or IN SPITE and then press "Check" to check your answers.
1 my warnings, he went to Colombia.2 she didn't want to see The Lord of the Rings, she enjoyed it in the end.3 of being bad at pool, she beat him three times in a row.4 They visited Madrid they didn't have time to visit El Prado.5 it was raining, we decided to go anyway.6 She decided to go abroad for a year loving her boyfriend very much.7 He went on holiday to Thailand of the expensive airfare.

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