One Point English Lesson: Kind of & Sort of

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This curry is kind of spicy, but yummy!

This curry is kind of spicy, but yummy!

Both kind of and sort of are used to mean a little when used with an adjective, and mean a type of when used with a noun or noun phrase.

Pattern #1 – kind of + adjective meaning “a little”

  • I’m kind of tired, so I think I’ll stay home tonight.
  • Jack said his job is kind of boring sometimes, so he wants to do something new.
  • This curry is kind of spicy, so be careful when you eat it.

Pattern #2 – sort of + adjective meaning “a little”

  • I’m sort of tired, so I think I’ll stay home tonight.
  • Jack said his job is sort of boring sometimes, so he wants to do something new.
  • This curry is sort of spicy, so be careful when you eat it.

Pattern #3 – kind of + noun phrase (adjective + noun) meaning “a type of”

  • Tom is kind of a lazy guy, so the boss is going to have a meeting with him about it.
  • This soup is kind of a traditional family recipe.
  • New Hope, PA is kind of a quiet, small town where you can relax for a weekend.

Pattern #4 – sort of + noun phrase (adjective + noun) meaning “a type of”

  • Tom is sort of a lazy guy, so the boss is going to have a meeting with him about it.
  • This soup is sort of a traditional family recipe.
  • New Hope, PA is sort of a quiet, small town where you can relax for a weekend.

Pattern #5 – be kind of + VerbING or be sort of + VerbING. This pattern is used in conversational English when you want to explain what you are doing or speak in a more indirect way.

  • I am kind of wondering what to eat for dinner.
  • Jack said he is sort of thinking about quitting the company next month.
  • Cathy: Hey Joe, do you want to come to the club tonight?
  • Joe: I’d love to, but I’m kind of trying to finish my report for school.

Do you know any other ways to use kind of or sort of? If so, why not leave a comment here and share your ideas!



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