Is using this phrase in such a structure acceptable? (Just like "instead of somebody doing something".)

I won the game in spite of you making an effort to stop me.

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    I won the game despite your efforts to stop me.
    – Joe Dark
    Sep 27 '15 at 0:33

This would definitely be acceptable in conversation. However, a grammar pedant might say that the possessive is required there:

  • I won the game in spite of your making an effort to stop me.

On the other hand, this might sound awkward in informal contexts. To get the best of both possibilities, you might consider this:

  • I won the game in spite of your efforts at stopping me.
  • Wow, a downvote? I thought downvotes were supposed to be reserved for answers that just didn't satisfy the requirements of the question.
    – Obie 2.0
    Sep 27 '15 at 0:47
  • Must be a grammar pedant amidst... :p Nov 23 '15 at 1:27

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