But, though, in spite of and despite

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All of these words show contrast. But and though are conjunctions. They are used to join two clauses together. In spite of and despite are prepositions. They are followed by a noun or an -ing form.

Read the following sentences.

We can combine these two sentences into one in the following ways.

Using though

Note that though and its clause can come either before or after the main clause.

Using but

We do not usually begin sentences with but.

Using in spite of and despite

Despite is more formal than in spite of.

Another example is given below.

We can combine these two sentences in the following ways.

We can combine these two sentences into one.

See Also

Back and Again
Bath and bathe
Beat and win
Because
Because of, due to, owing to and on account of
Been
Before
Before and in front of
Begin and Start
Belong to, belong on and belong in
Below and under
Beside
Besides
Between and among
Between and during
Between and from
Big, large and great
A bit
Born and borne
Both
Bring and take
But
But, though, in spite of, despite
By and with