As you know, we don’t only use conjunctions for opposition, we also need them to add information or make a further point. That’s why these are great; you can use them all at the start or in the middle of a sentence, always at the beginning of a clause.
English has many conjunctions to choose from. Conjunctions make our sentences more fluid, and knowing alternatives to the ones we use everyday will help you become more fluent, and your writing less repetitive.
Today’s conjunctions: despite, nevertheless and although, all mean « even though ». They are not, however, all used in the same way. Notice where the conjunctions are placed in the examples above, and what kind of words they are paired with.
Here’s a quick look at their construction and use:
despite + noun or noun phrase
It’s usually found at the beginning of a clause (a group of words separated by a period, comma, colon or semi-colon).
It can be at the start, or in the middle of a sentence.
It can be found in the middle or at the end of a sentence.
You can use it to concede a point or argue against something.