to summarise: despite and although: similar meanings,
but different syntax required. Compare:
One further word. Although, despite and in spite
of are normally used as prepositions, they can also be used in
adverbial constructions with -ing, thus:
- 'Although it was raining heavily, we finished the game
- 'We finished the game of football in spite of the heavy
- 'Despite his strong Welsh accent, we understood most
of what he was saying.'
- 'Even though he had a strong Welsh accent, we understood
most of what he was saying.'
- 'I managed to pass
my exams, despite going out four times a week during the revision
- 'In spite of feeling terribly sick, I went to work every day
- 'Despite being severely handicapped, he managed to complete