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"In spite of" is a preposition which is often translated as "a pesar de", and "however" is an adverb which is often translated as "sin embargo". Learn more about the difference between "in spite of" and "however" below.
in spite of(
ihn
 
spayd
 
uhv
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (despite)
a. a pesar de
We went to the baseball game in spite of the rain.Fuimos al partido de béisbol a pesar de la lluvia.
b. pese a
In spite of everything I still love her.Pese a todo la sigo queriendo.
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however(
hau
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eh
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vuhr
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (nevertheless)
a. sin embargo
I like listening to music; however, I don't like going to concerts.Me gusta escuchar música; sin embargo, no me gusta ir a conciertos.
b. no obstante
I love reading; however, I don't like non-fiction books.Me encanta leer; no obstante, no me gustan los libros factuales.
2. (no matter how)
a. sin importar
However hard it is, I choose to forgive.Sin importar lo duro que sea, elijo perdonar.
b. por
However cold it is, I'm going to go running.Por mucho frío que haga, voy a salir a correr.
3. (how)
a. cómo
However did you get there?¿Cómo llegaste ahí?
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
4. (as)
a. como
Do your hair however you like.Péinate como tú quieras.
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