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Example sentence: In spite of raining, we went to the beach.
I know that "In spite of" should be followed by a noun phrase or a ing form.
Raining is a gerund(verbal noun) then Why it is not appropriate to use raining in this case?
Can anyone explain why and tell me a correct answer for that example. Emotion: crying
Thx very much.
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Hi,

is this correct?
"please excuse me for being absent from the calss today because i will help my father to planting rice"

No.
There are several ways to say this.
"Please excuse me for being absent from class today because I will help my father to plant rice."

However, 'will help' is not a good choice of tense.

"Please excuse my being absent from class today because I am helping my father to plant rice."

"Please excuse my absence from class today because I am helping my father to plant rice."

Best wishes, Clive
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If there is a noun for the sentence, we don't use the gerund since gerund is a verbal noun that it refers to an action.

" In spite of raining " looks like an adjective phrase in this case modifying the Subject ( I ). It is logically inappropriate.

Comparing the two sentences,

" In spite of aching in the leg, I went to the beach "Emotion: smile. I think this is OK then because it sounds logical.
"Raining" is a verb and is not appropriate in this context. Something is raining. The correct format should be "in spite of rain," or "in spite of it raining"
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is this correct?
"please excuse me for being absent from the calss today because i will help my father to planting rice"
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