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Despite or In Spite Of

Is despite better than in spite of? Do they mean different things? What about in despite of?

By
Mignon Fogarty,

"In spite of" and "despite" mean the same thing and are interchangeable. For example, it is correct to say either of the following:

  • She ran well despite having old shoes.
  • She ran well in spite of having old shoes.

Some people prefer "despite" because it is shorter.

Despite the fact that you can choose which word to use, merging them into "in despite of" is wrong.

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