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Linking ideas

Do you know how to connect two contrasting ideas?

lundi 29 août Il y a 5 mois
Linking ideas
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Although, Even though, In spite of, and Despite

-Although we don't agree, I think she's a brilliant speaker.
-Even though we don't agree, I think she's a brilliant speaker.
-In spite of the law, people continue to use mobile phones while driving.
-Despite the law, people continue to use mobile phones while driving.

'Although', 'even though', 'in spite of' and 'despite' are all used to link two contrasting ideas or show that one fact makes the other fact surprising.
They can all be used at the beginning or in the middle of the sentence.

-Despite the rain, we enjoyed the festival.
-We enjoyed the festival, despite the rain.

'in spite of / despite'
After 'in spite of' and 'despite', we use a noun, gerund (-ing form of a verb) or a pronoun.

-They never made much money, in spite of their success.
-In spite of the pain in his leg, he completed the marathon.
-Despite having a headache, I had a great birthday.
-The train was cancelled. In spite of that, we arrived on time.'although / even though'

'although' and 'even though'
After 'although' and 'even though', we use a subject and a verb. Even though is slightly stronger and more emphatic than although.

-I enjoyed the course, although I would have liked more grammar practice.
-Although we saw each other every day, we didn't really know each other.
-Even though she spoke very quietly, he understood every word.
-She didn't get the job, even though she had all the necessary qualifications.

'though'
Though can be used in the same way as although.
-Though I wasn't keen on the film, I thought the music was beautiful.
-We waited ages for our food. The waiter was really nice, though.

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