Today’s word from the Academic Word List is
This is a slightly unusual word for the Academic Word List as it is largely grammatical in function. The problem in using it is that it is used with different constructions:
Use with nouns and noun phrases
Despite the increasing popularity of e-books, there is still every reason to believe that the traditional publishing industry will survive.
You should note that it is quite possible to use despite + noun + phrase
Despite all the efforts that have been made to save these endangered species, they are likely to become extinct in the foreseeable future.
You should also note that it is quite common to use despite + ing form:
Some endangered species continue to survive despite having lost their natural environment
Use with “the fact that”
The traditional publishing industry is likely to survive despite the fact that e-books are increasingly popular.
Despite and In spite of – some common mistakes
These two are almost identical and are sometimes defined in terms of each other. You should be careful of these mistakes:
inspite of (there are 3 words “in” “spite” “of”
despite of (despite is not followed by “of”