“in spite of” and “despite”



WHICH is correct?

“in spite of” and “despite”

The first term is “in spite of” (not ‘inspite’) and this has the same meaning as “despite” and can be used interchangeably with it in a sentence like:

“She did well at university despite / in spite of her blindness.”

Here, either term is “used before one fact that makes another fact surprising”

We can also use “in spite of” or “despite” before reflexive pronouns like “myself”, “herself”, etc.

 when someone does something which he does not intend to do and which he is trying not to do.


“He cried at his friend’s father’s funeral despite himself / in spite of himself.”

Uncle Teng

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