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Using “In spite of / Despite” in OET

“Despite” and “In spite of” have similar meanings.

  • Suppose you did a lot of hard work to pass OET.
  • Your trainers and friends were sure that you would pass.
  • However, when the result was published, you failed.
  • We use in spite of or despite in such situations.

In spite of my hard work, I failed again!
Despite my hard work, I failed again.

Let me make it clearer:

  • You are expecting a positive result. You get a negative result.
  • You are expecting a negative result. You get a positive result.

When to use in spite of and despite?

  1. You can use these connectors either at the starting or in the middle.
  2. Do not use despite + of.

Ready for the test?

Remember, you should score 10000 points to book your exam!

  1. _____ all Dr Shirley’s efforts to resuscitate the new born, she died after an hour.
  2. No vaccines have been successfully developed so far _____ of the medical advancement we have achieved.
  3. She continued the same exercise program more vigorously ___ her fast recovery.

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