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Mystery McMysteryface
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OK, I'm almost 99.99% sure I know I'm right....................but.

When using: "in spite of" I'm almost sure that it is NOT synonymous with "despite" - for example:

I know we have had serious disagreements this past year, but in spite of this, we were able to bring about many positive changes..........

Shouldn't "despite" be used here instead of "in spite of".

Doesn't "in spite of" mean something malicious--doing something "in spite"?

Oh, Chit Chat grammar gurus, please enlighten me.

PS: I did look it up in the dictionary, and I think I'm right, but the constant decimation of the English language makes you forget/disregard proper grammar!!

PSS: The example I provided was done in a written format, not verbal.

Thanks again!!!kiss
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Brett Myers
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Nope, they're the same preposition.

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/in_spite_of
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Mystery McMysteryface
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OK, but that's not what I found in Merriam-Webster's site!!

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The following is my usage*:

in spite of = despite.

out of spite = done with spite



*And I don't trust Merriam-Webster's dictionary for this sort of thing. If you check any dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary would be the place to go, but I didn't. I'm giving my usage, whether this is appropriate for SAE (Standard American English) or not is irrelevant because Chit Chat is conversational English. However, if you're doing this for something that needs to use SAE, then check out Oxford. It should have SAE information as well as information for other varieties of English.
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Brian
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Actually. Merriam-Webster has the definition of the preposition despite as "in spite of"

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/despite%5B3%5D

So, yeah. Interchangeable.
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