The phrase “A pesar de…” is a Spanish connector that is commonly translated in English as “despite…, in spite of…”.
“A pesar de…” introduces a partial obstacle that doesn’t stop an action from occurring.
In this lesson, we will learn everything about this phrase, providing example sentences. At the end, there is also a Quiz for practice.
1. Meaning of Spanish “A pesar de…”
As we said, It means “despite, in spite of…”
2. Use of “A pesar de…”
“A pesar de” introduces a partial obstacle that doesn’t stop an action from occurring. That obstacle can take different grammar forms.
For example, the partial obstacle can be a noun or a pronoun:
A pesar de la lluvia, salimos.
Despite the rain, we went out.
A pesar de mis padres, fui a la discoteca.
In spite of muy parents, i went to the disco.
Lo haré a pesar de ti.
I’ll do it in spite of you.
It can also be a verb in Infinitive form:
A pesar de tener una casa grande, nunca organiza fiestas.
Despite having a big house, he never organizes parties.
A pesar de no tocar bien la guitarra, a Mario le gusta dar conciertos.
Despite not playing the guitar well, Mario likes giving concerts.
There is another possibility: the partial obstacle can be a whole sentence, with a conjugated verb (a verb not in infinitive form).
In that case, “a pesar de” turns into “a pesar de que…”.
Let’s see the same two sentences from above, but now with the verb in a form that is not the infinitive:
A pesar de que tiene una casa grande, nunca organiza fiestas.
A pesar de que Mario no toca bien la guitarra, le gusta dar conciertos.
3. Phrases “A pesar de eso”, “A pesar de todo”…
“A pesar de…” can introduce even more types of words, forming useful expressions.
For example, two very typical expressions are “a pesar de eso” and “a pesar de todo”:
- A pesar de eso = despite that, in spite of that
- A pesar de todo = nevertheless, despite everything
Here are example sentences with those two expressions:
Muchos bares están cerrados hoy. A pesar de eso, vamos a salir.
Many bars are closed today. Despite that, we are going out.
Tenemos muchas dificultades, pero a pesar de todo lo lograremos a pesar de todo.
We have many difficulties, but we’ll do it nevertheless.
4. Practice: Quiz about “a pesar de”
Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge about this topic: