Grade 10 Grammar Lesson 48 Adverbial clauses: Contrast

What is the difference in use of ‘though’ and ‘although’?
Does ‘in spite of’ mean the same as ‘despite of’?

Grade 10 Grammar Lesson 48 Adverbial clauses Contrast (1)

  • We use although or though when we want to say that there is a contrast between the event or situation in the main clause and the event or situation in the adverbial clause.
  •  We can use though (but, not although) to say that the information in a clause contrasts with the information in a previous sentence.
  •  We can use though (also as) after an adjective or adverb to give it special emphasis especially when followed by a linking verb such as be, appear, become, look, seem, sound etc.
  •  We can use in spite of + gerund with a similar meaning to although.
  •  In spite of can also be followed by a noun.
  • In spite of the rain, the match continued. (=Although it was raining.)
  •  Despite (not, despite of) has the same meaning as in spite of.
  • We can’t use a clause with a finite verb after in spite of or despite. However, we can do so if we add the fact that.

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