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"Gerund" is a noun which is often translated as "el gerundio", and "despite" is a preposition which is often translated as "a pesar de". Learn more about the difference between "gerund" and "despite" below.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (grammar)
a. el gerundio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
In English, you can turn a verb into a gerund by adding -ing.En inglés, se puede convertir un verbo en un gerundio por añadir -ing.
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (in spite of)
a. a pesar de
She was the one who paid the rent, despite having a much lower income.Era ella quien pagaba el alquiler, a pesar de tener unos ingresos mucho más bajos.
b. pese a
Obama signed sanctions against Venezuela despite threats from Maduro.Obama firmó sanciones contra Venezuela pese a las amenazas de Maduro.
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