What are the differences in use between 'sort', 'kind' and 'type' (nouns) ?


Also, between 'sort of' and 'kind of' is there any difference in use? (both are for informal use)

asked May 24 '11 at 16:09 coraliecinq New member

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In practice, these words are synonymous.  The trick is to learn the phrases where only one word is acceptable.


"What kind/sort/type of breakfast cereal do you like?" (any word will do).


"He's not my type." (idiom, can't be changed without changing meaning.)


Also, 'kind of' and 'sort of' are practically the same.

link comment answered May 25 '11 at 16:35 Kimberly Expert

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