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    Different kind ( kinds ) of foods ?

    The allergic reactions to different kind of foods OR kindS of foods ? Well, the little s added or omitted is really confusing :(

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    Re: Different kind ( kinds ) of foods ?

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    The allergic reactions to different kind of foods OR kindS of foods ? Well, the little s added or omitted is really confusing :(
    I would say "different kinds of foods".

    the adjective "different" modifies the word "kind" and suggests a plural use.

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    Re: Different kind ( kinds ) of foods ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    I would say "different kinds of foods".

    the adjective "different" modifies the word "kind" and suggests a plural use.
    also, foods is plural and that's another reason why I feel kind should be plural as well.

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    Re: Different kind ( kinds ) of foods ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    also, foods is plural and that's another reason why I feel kind should be plural as well.
    Somehow I agree with your point. But the thing is as I searched along in Google, many people use either way in describing their articles. Of course, I conclude that those sites are from the native speakers ( webmasters ).

    That means using the former is not wrong ? Or grammatically it is wrong but people tend to use it that way ?

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    Re: Different kind ( kinds ) of foods ?

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    Somehow I agree with your point. But the thing is as I searched along in Google, many people use either way in describing their articles. Of course, I conclude that those sites are from the native speakers ( webmasters ).

    Not necessarily, I think.
    When referring to more than one group or more one type of things, I would go with a plural kind followed by a plural noun. The distinction is not always very clear though, so kind might work fine in both singular and in plural.

    That means using the former is not wrong ? Or grammatically it is wrong but people tend to use it that way ?


    I think it really depends on the context.

    You can say kind of books as in I like this kind of books ( this type of genre)
    or
    kinds of books as in I like these kinds of books ( many different types of different genres for ex.).

    In your original sentence the word foods already suggests many different groups, so that's why I feel comfortable with using kinds instead of kind.
    I think it is a pretty complex question where a lot depends on the context.

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