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Are these two following sentences correct and have the same meaning?

(a) Despite it is an appealing protocol, it has some problems.

(b) Despite appealing, the protocol has some problems

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    Despite it being an appealing protocol...
    – Boann
    Mar 22 '20 at 20:21
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    I think you want to replace "despite" with "although". As DivideByZero said, your example sentences are not grammatical. "Although" makes them both grammatical. That highlights your question about dropping "it is".
    – Jetpack
    Mar 22 '20 at 21:35
  • "Despite being an appealing protocol, ..." is also correct (without the first "it").
    – chepner
    Mar 22 '20 at 22:09
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This is not grammatically correct:

Despite it is an appealing protocol, it has some problems.

However, this is a grammatically correct sentence (and what I would guess you were trying to say):

Even though it is an appealing protocol, it has some problems.

This doesn't make much sense without context but I guess it could be what you are trying to say if the protocol describes a method of appealing. This is important - the protocol is the one doing the appealing.


Option B is grammatically correct, but it is fairly vague and means something entirely different.

Despite appealing, the protocol has some problems.

Is the same as saying:

Even though the protocol is being appealed, it still has problems.

In this case somebody (a person, not the protocol) is the one performing an appeal.


I am not sure which of these two you are attempting to say because there is no context. However, the sentences definitely do not mean the same thing, and sentence A is not grammatically correct.

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  • Thanks for the answer. I wanted to first give some credit to the protocol and then criticize it. So, it wanted to say: even though it is an interesting protocol, it has some problems. I used appealing instead of interesting.
    – Ay.
    Mar 22 '20 at 12:40
  • @Ay. Appealed is not the same as interesting. An appeal is something that you would submit to contest a traffic ticket, or maybe use to apply for citizenship in a country. Appealed is past tense of appeal. Appealing is the current tense verb of appeal, which is why I was unsure of what you were trying to say. The word you are looking for is "appealing", which means good and/or pretty. You could say "even though it is an appealing protocol, it has some problems". I would recommend using this sentence, it seems to fit your needs. Mar 22 '20 at 12:53
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    thanks very much!
    – Ay.
    Mar 22 '20 at 13:07
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    If you want the sentence in that form I would recommend "Even though it is appealing, the protocol has problems". The "it is" part helps readers understand your sentence. Mar 22 '20 at 13:18
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    Despite it being an appealing protocol, it has some problems. Mar 22 '20 at 13:59
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I agree with the answers and suggestions made already, so I'll simply offer a few variations and leave it.

Despite its appeal, the protocol has problems.
While appealing, the protocol has problems.
Appealing as it may be, the protocol has problems.
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  • I guess all of your examples mean the same as Option B, I made this comment in case some learners probably don't realize it easily.
    – WXJ96163
    Mar 22 '20 at 23:49

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