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# Although, Though, Despite and Inspite

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Senior Manager
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Although, Though, Despite and Inspite [#permalink]

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04 Sep 2003, 05:15
Hi
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.
-Vicks
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Re: Although, Though, Despite and Inspite [#permalink]

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04 Sep 2003, 18:35
Vicky wrote:
Hi
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.
-Vicks

Sure.

"Although" 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."

"Despite" 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."

"Inspite" is not a word, but "In spite of" is a phrase. This phrase is completely interchangable with "despite."

Hope this helps.[/b]
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04 Sep 2003, 21:55
thanks JP... "Despite & In spite of " need a subject is something i was not aware of...
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24 Oct 2004, 11:40
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This is something really interesting.

I thought even though, though and although were supposed to express negative situations but positive outcomes
while
inspite of and despite are used express positive situations but negative outcomes.

I spent some time on bartleby and webster and I am not so sure of that...

Do you guys have a 100% efficient trick to use these conjunctions / prepositions ?

Thanks
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27 Oct 2004, 02:48
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