although: ✓ although ✗ despite

By | November 7, 2016
although
despite
Principally I hate and detest that animal called man; although I heartily love John, Peter, Thomas, and so forth.
Principalmente odio e detesto quell’animale chiamato uomo, sebbene io ami di cuore John, Peter, Thomas e così via.
- Johnathan Swift
Although I was very young, I still remember it.
*Despite* I was very young, I still remember it.
Sebbene fossi molto giovane, me lo ricordo ancora.
After the conjunction although (= sebbene) we use a subject and a verb.
After the preposition despite (= nonostante) we use a noun or a gerund.
Here are some more examples, showing how the two words have the same meaning but need a different construction:
Although I studied hard, I didn’t pass the exam. (although + subject + verb)
*Although* studying hard, I didn’t pass the exam.
Sebbene io abbia studiato molto, non ho passato l’esame.
Despite hours and hours of study, I didn’t pass the exam. (despite + noun phrase)
Nonostante ore e ore di studio, non ho passato l’esame.
Despite studying hard, I didn’t pass the exam. (despite + gerund)
Nonostante aver studiato molto, non ho passato l’esame.
*Despite* I studied really hard, I failed the exam.
Although we argue occasionally, we’re good friends.
Anche se litighiamo ogni tanto, siamo buoni amici.
Despite the occasional argument, we’re good friends.
Nonostante un litigio ogni tanto, siamo buoni amici.

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