Welcome to our grammar lesson about the Spanish phrase "a pesar de". a pesar de is one of the most frequent connectors in Spanish. In this lesson, we will learn the meaning and use of this phrase, with example sentences. At the end you'll find a Quiz and an Exercise for practice. Meaning of "a pesar de" a pesar de means "despite..., in spite of..." It introduces a partial obstacle that doesn't stop an action from occurring. Use Sometimes, a pesar de introduces a noun or pronoun: A pesar de la lluvia, vamos al parque.Despite the rain, we go to the park.A pesar de mis padres, he comprado la moto.In spite of my parents, I've bought the motorcycle.Lo hago a pesar de ti.I do it in spite of you. It can also introduce a verb in the infinitive: A pesar de tener poco dinero, Pablo vive en un buen apartamento.Despite having little money, Pablo lives in a good apartment.A pesar de no hablar espa\u00f1ol, trabajamos en Espa\u00f1a.Despite not speaking Spanish, we work in Spain. Another possibility: it can introduce a sentence, with a conjugated verb (a verb not in the infinitive). But in this case, a pesar de becomes "a pesar de que". Let's rephrase the two examples above, this time with a conjugated verb: A pesar de que tiene poco dinero, Pablo vive en un buen apartamento.A pesar de que no hablamos espa\u00f1ol, trabajamos en Espa\u00f1a. "a pesar de eso", "a pesar de todo"... "a pesar de..." can introduce even more types of words, creating useful expressions, such as: a pesar de eso despite that, in spite of thata pesar de todo nevertheless, despite everything Muchos bares est\u00e1n cerrados. A pesar de eso, vamos a salir.Many bars are closed. Despite that, we are going out.Nuestros rivales son fuertes, pero ganaremos a pesar de todo.Our rivals are strong, but we'll win nevertheless. Practice Quiz Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge about "a pesar de": Exercise The following pairs of sentences have the same meaning, but the grammar structure is a bit different. Fill the gaps choosing between "a pesar de" and "a pesar de que": 1) ____ ser ricos, no compramos cosas caras.Despite being rich, we don't buy expensive things.2) ____ somos ricos, no compramos cosas caras.Despite being rich, we don't buy expensive things.3) ____ tengo hambre, no voy a comer.Despite being hungry, I'm not going to eat.4) ____ tener hambre, no voy a comer.Despite being hungry, I'm not going to eat. Solutions:1) A pesar de2) A pesar de que3) A pesar de que4) A pesar de Related topics Check out these lessons: The connector "aunque"The connector "sin embargo"