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In spite of the fact that Justin had sprained his ankle early in the baseball game, he continued
playing and even scored the winning run.
a) In spite of the fact that Justin had sprained
b) Because of the fact that Justin sprained
c) Despite Justin had sprained
d) Although the spraining that Justin has done to
e) Even though the fact was that Justin was spraining
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Despite is a preposition. As per thumb rule, all prepositions have to be followed by nouns or noun phrases. Justin had sprained is a clause that can not legally follow despite. So, C is wrong
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Whats wrong with C? Isn't A wordy? A and C maintained the same tense .
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I was going through the GMAT grammar book and it says
used In spite of/ Despite with noun phrase but both A and C it is using clause. I am confused so someone please explain.
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what is the source of the question?

the following link might help
http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/di ... iteof.html
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"Despite" can be used here, but not in that particular phrase. "Despite Justin having sprained his ankle early..." would work; "Despite Justin had sprained" does not.
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I agree why C is wrong. But doesn't In spite of also used with noun phrase where here it is followed by clause which is my confusion.
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Could this be one of those type of questions that GMAT won't test on since a quick google search of despite/in spite of yields many sites suggesting they are synonyms? :?:
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I agree why C is wrong. But doesn't In spite of also used with noun phrase where here it is followed by clause which is my confusion.


it can be used with noun phrase.

I drove very fast, despite her strong warning.
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Both despite and in spite of are prepositions; both are inter- changeable. It may be seen that choice A talks about in spite of ‘the fact’; the fact is the noun that follows theprepositional phrase ’in spite of’; the relative clause that follows is a modifier of the noun ‘the fact’ . Hence, it is perfectly acceptable.
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Despite is a preposition. As per thumb rule, all prepositions have to be followed by nouns or noun phrases. Justin had sprained is a clause that can not legally follow despite. So, C is wrong

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Thanks for the explanation. But, how do you quickly identify that despite is a preposition at the first place. May be common words like and, of, by are acceptable. Do we have to memorize words or it will come over practice?
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"Despite" can be used here, but not in that particular phrase. "Despite Justin having sprained his ankle early..." would work; "Despite Justin had sprained" does not.

Can you pls let us know why it is wrong?
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