We had a very entertaining topic for discussion in class this morning. We spoke about gold-diggers. Not the ones with a pickaxe and shovel digging for gold in the mountains. The gold-diggers we were referring to are those people who enter into a relationship not out of love but because their partner is well-off. They are after the money, holidays and gifts that they hope to receive and don’t care about any emotional attachments.

One of the students – Carolina – mentioned an aunt of hers who married a man 33 years her senior only because she wanted to enjoy the luxuries that his money could buy. Eventually the marriage failed but “in spite of they are separated, they are still on good terms.

That sentence is incorrect because IN SPITE OF should be followed by a:

  • noun => We went out IN SPITE OF the weather
  • noun phrase => I went to class IN SPITE OF the terrible headache I was suffering from
  • ing form => IN SPITE OF suffering from a terrible headache, I still went to class

Therefore, what Carolina should have said is that:

  1. IN SPITE OF being separated, they are still on good terms
  2. IN SPITE OF their separation, they are still on good terms

Over to you …

In all the examples above, IN SPITE OF could be replaced by just one word? What is it?

Also take a look at …

Different ways of saying RICH

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