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The Main Difference between Although and Despite/In spite of is that although is used before the full sentence whereas you can not use Despite/In spite of[/b] before the full sentence unless you add the fact

There is another criteria for selection of Although/Despite, which I learned from one of my strategy books. however The same has not confirmed by trusted grammar websites and I also found some exceptions to this rule. I usually applies it when rest of the sentence is grammatically correct, concise, and the only difference is of Although and Despite/In spite of

Here is that Rule

ALTHOUGH is used to express a positive outcome in the face of a negative quality.

EXAMPLE : Although it was raining (Negative Circumstance), we went to the movies (Positive Outcome).

DESPITE or INSPITE OF is used to express a negative outcome in the face of a positive quality.

EXAMPLE : Despite the fact that we started early (Positive Circumstance), we arrived at the destination very late. (Negative Outcome)

Despite all their talk about pollution control (Positive Circumstance), large organisations have so far done very little to control ecological damage (Negative Outcome)

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06 Jul 2014, 07:37
DESPITE TAKING frequent naps, I STUDY effectively.
Is this sentence correct??
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06 Jul 2014, 22:39
Despite/in spite of : both are preposition take noun or noun phrase as object .
Although/ though : both are subordinating conjunctions, so it follows by full clause
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The Main Difference between Although and Despite/In spite of is that although is used before the full sentence whereas you can not use Despite/In spite of[/b] before the full sentence unless you add the fact

There is another criteria for selection of Although/Despite, which I learned from one of my strategy books. however The same has not confirmed by trusted grammar websites and I also found some exceptions to this rule. I usually applies it when rest of the sentence is grammatically correct, concise, and the only difference is of Although and Despite/In spite of

Here is that Rule

ALTHOUGH is used to express a positive outcome in the face of a negative quality.

EXAMPLE : Although it was raining (Negative Circumstance), we went to the movies (Positive Outcome).

DESPITE or INSPITE OF is used to express a negative outcome in the face of a positive quality.

EXAMPLE : Despite the fact that we started early (Positive Circumstance), we arrived at the destination very late. (Negative Outcome)

Despite all their talk about pollution control (Positive Circumstance), large organisations have so far done very little to control ecological damage (Negative Outcome)

Hope that Helps!

Narenn

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Although can be followed either by a clause or by a phrase.

e.g.
case1:
Although + phrase
OGVR2 SC Q#36
the correct answer choice (E):
- Although eradicated in the United States, polio continues elsewhere and could be
here, "Although followed be a verb phrase and not by a clause

case2:
Although + clause
OG13 SC Q#132
the correct answer choice (B):
- Although heirloom tomatoes, [modifier [grown from seeds saved during the previous year]], appear less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins.
here, "Although followed be a dependent clause

Conclusion:
According to GMAT Although can be followed by either a clause or a phrase
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21 Jun 2015, 10:00
In the context of this problem, following article may also help:

although-is-a-dependent-clause-dc-marker-so-it-has-to-start-a-dc-200260.html
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11 May 2016, 10:55
subhanil2u wrote:
DESPITE TAKING frequent naps, I STUDY effectively.
Is this sentence correct??

What is the answer to this?
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11 May 2016, 22:33
It looks that both would be correct:

Despite taking frequent naps, I study effectively.

Although I take frequent naps, I study effectively.

So, meaning wise, they don't look different to me.
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11 May 2016, 23:28
sukanyar wrote:
It looks that both would be correct:

Despite taking frequent naps, I study effectively.

Although I take frequent naps, I study effectively.

So, meaning wise, they don't look different to me.

Yes, you are correct in your observations..
MEANING wise botyh despit and although do not differ much to be significant..

Despite is a preposition so can take ing modifier..
Although is a conjunction and is correctly containing verb and subject
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