Can anyone please enlighten me on the meaning and usages of these four words. I have often found them very confusing and ETS loves to test them on GMAT.
" and "though
" are completely interchangable. There are no exceptions to this rule that I am aware of. "Although" is slightly more common.
"Although the Red Wings are by far the nation's favorite hockey team, a trip to Denver reminds them that not everyone loves them."
"Though JP no longer lives in Michigan, he likes the Red Wings."
" is similar, but cannot stand on its own. It needs a subject
so that it can be part of a complete sentence. For example:
"Despite the fact that the Red Wings lost, they are the better team."
"Despite my reluctance to admit it, the Red Wings sometimes lose."
" is not a word, but "In spite of
" is a phrase. This phrase is completely interchangable with "despite
Hope this helps.[/b]