3-23. I got an F despite my effort


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • She is healthy despite her age.
  • She is trying despite her weakness.
  • She is driving despite this bad weather.
  • She is humble despite her success.
  • He is positive despite many problems.
  • We are running despite my bankruptcy.
  • I am not depressed despite my low score.
  • We are not tired despite the hard work.
  • They were not sad despite their loss.
  • I woke up early despite my laziness.
  • He gave up his dream despite our support.
  • She went to work despite her bad condition.
  • She didn’t say anything despite my mistake.
  • He didn’t cry despite his plan.
  • They didn’t pick me despite my passion.


Here are some grammar tips. 



Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
bankruptcy (n) a condition of financial failure caused by not having the money that you need to pay your debts
After they lost their clients, they filed for bankruptcy.
loss (n) a failure to keep or continue to have something
The flu caused a loss of appetite.
overlook (v) to fail to see or notice something
The detective didn’t overlook any details.
communicate (v) to give information about something to someone by speaking, writing, etc.
Please communicate the instructions to the students.
purely (adv) completely or only
They ran into each other purely by chance.
emotion (n) a strong feeling – such as love, anger, joy, hate or fear
He found it difficult to express his emotions.
medium (adj) in the middle of a range of possible sizes, amounts, etc.
She was of medium height.
intent (n) the thing that you plan to do or achieve
It was her intent to finish the project.
define (v) to explain the meaning of a word, phrase, etc.
Could you please define what that word means?
obstacle (n) something that makes it difficult to do something
The weather was a major travel obstacle.


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
      1. was / loss / despite / He / happy / the / .
      2. can / go / weather / despite / the / You / .
      3. It / cold / sunshine / was / the / despite / .
      4. snow / Are / going / are / you / despite / the / ?
      5. succeeded / obstacles / the / despite / She / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. He was sad despite presents.
    2. I failed despite I was studying.
    3. She wanted to go, despite the cold.
    4. Are you happy, despite, the bankruptcy?
    5. The girl wore a t-shirt despite she was in snow.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What do you enjoy doing despite whatever weather?
    2. What is something you have to do despite not liking it?
    3. What do you love doing despite not being very good at it?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. The little things: Describe a little thing — one of the things you love that defines your world but is often overlooked.
    3. It’s a text, text, text world: How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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