A Kind Of, Kind Of, Kind To – English Grammar Lesson

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For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at the phrases a kind of, kind of, and kind to. Have a look at the introductory paragraph here:

My friend Jack is an animal lover. Especially when it comes to dogs. Not only is he kind to animals, he’s probably kinder to dogs than he is to people. He’s kind of a dog-loving prince. He often volunteers at an animal shelter and makes regular donations to the shelter.

We use a kind of + noun when we talk about a think that resembles another thing.

  • A smartphone is a kind of computer.
  • This book is a kind of dictionary.
  • A banjo is a kind of guitar.

We use kind of + adjective to mean a vague amount of ~

  • I think the prices in that store are kind of high, don’t you?
  • The cupcakes here are kind of small.
  • I was kind of worried about her when she didn’t call me.

We use kind to when we want to show the object of someone’s kindness.

  • Jack is always kind to dogs.
  • My students are very kind to me.
  • Young children should be taught to be kind to their friends.

Ok, now it’s your turn! How about trying your own original sentences using the comment box below?

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