What's the difference between "despite", "although" and "even though"? Are they always interchangeable?
Although these three have similar meanings and functions, only “although” and “even though” are interchangeable with each other. “Despite” can be replaced with “in spite of” or “regardless of” here. Ex: In spite of periods of instability, the U.S. dollar has remained stable. Ex: Regardless of the poor weather, I was determined to enjoy my vacation.