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Can we use ‘of’ with the word ‘despite’? Thank you!

Hello ! Thanks for your question !

Using ‘of’ with despite is not correct!

Despite is a proposition that takes a noun (or noun phrase) as its object.

For example :

Despite living in France for several years , she still didn’t speak French.

He went sleeping despite the noise.

English learners sometimes confuse between despite and in spite of (they have the same meaning)

In spite of living in France for several years , she still didn’t speak French.

He went sleeping in spite of the noise.

Thank you very much!