[Grammar] Kind Of Vs Sort Of

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In today’s grammar, let’s look at the difference between “kind of” and “sort of“. Kind of and sort of are very common expressions in speaking.

The expressions kind of or sort of can mean “rather,” “partially,” or “somewhat”. And both expressions literally mean “type of” or “variety of.”

But they still have some differences.

Let’s get started!

1. Kind Of

Kind of is more common in American English. Compared with sort of , which is more infomal, kind of  would be fine in most types of speech and writing. And in the following situation, we only say kind of but not say sort of, because sort of is less useful with biological things.

It’s a kind of elephant.

Here is another sample of kind of.

This job was kind of important to me.

2. Sort Of

Sort of is more common in British English. And compared with kind of, sort of might be considered informal and general. We can use it in daily talking. And like I said above, sort of is less useful with biological things. Another point is sort of is often about character rather than defination and it can be used in a negative way. The following is an example.

What sort of person would do such a terrible thing?

Have you already known the difference between “kind of” and “sort of”? Don’t worry, we prepare a quiz for you👇

It is time to show yourself



#1. He felt ____ depressed about this situation.

#2. Let me introduce you a special ____ butterfly.



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