I am wondering whether or not you feel any difference between them in meaning, or even if the latter could be correct:

A.Despite being married,...

B.Despite to be married,...


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    B. doesn't work, but there are more ways to say "marry" in passive - context, please!
    – Stephie
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 8:55

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You can use the preposition despite in the structure of despite + -ing verb, but you cannot use it in front of the to-infinitive. The OP has used the word married as an adjective in the first phrase in the structure of despite + being + adjective which is also correct.

So the the first phrase (despite being married) is grammatically correct and the second one is not correct.

  • Thanks. Nevertheless, what about the link???google.com/…
    – nima
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 9:27
  • dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/despite
    – Khan
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 9:43
  • @nima Sorry, let me type that comment again because I made a typo. Your search results are generally false positives. They don't show that beginning a sentence with Despite to be married is grammatical.
    – user230
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 10:47
  • what about this? despite to do so
    – nima
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 17:26
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    @nima I count three examples of "despite to do so" on the page you linked, and all three are errors. The first is an OCR error (there was a table and the OCR didn't handle it correctly). The second is ungrammatical English by a non-native speaker. The third is a writing error (the authors wrote despite a second time instead of a word that makes sense like intention: "Despite their intention to do so".
    – user230
    Commented Jul 6, 2015 at 14:50

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