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Maggie Q
Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 2:16:53 AM
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He runs every day regardless of the weather. == He runs every day IN SPITE OF the weather. == He runs every day DESPITE the weather.? If not, what's the difference between them?
pjharvey
Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 3:43:30 AM
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I feel that "regardless" is correct in this usage (he runs every day, whatever the weather), while "in spite of" and "despite" should be followed by something like "the OCCASIONAL BAD weather" (he runs every day, even when the weather is bad and notwithstanding that).
RuthP
Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 3:51:00 PM

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Maggie Q wrote:
He runs every day regardless of the weather. == He runs every day IN SPITE OF the weather. == He runs every day DESPITE the weather.? If not, what's the difference between them?

The sentences with "in spite of" and "despite" are equivalent. These sentences imply the weather is a factor which makes one less likely to run, i.e. that weather is always bad for running.

Using "regardless" means the runner does not take weather as a factor for or against running. The runner disregards the weather, does not think of it, when considering whether or not to run. This is true when the weather would make running unpleasant. It is also true when the weather would make running desirable.
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