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    Dear English experts,

    I need your expertise to see which of the following sentences is correct :-

    They sort of complement each other OR

    They are a sort of complementing each other

    OR

    They are a sort of complementing to each other

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    Default Re: the use of sort

    1. They sort of complement each other. (OK)

    2. They are a sort of complementing each other. (Not OK)

    3. They are a sort of complementing to each other. (Not OK)

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    Default Re: the use of sort

    Quote Originally Posted by Learner
    Dear English experts,

    I need your expertise to see which of the following sentences is correct :-

    They sort of complement each other OR

    They are a sort of complementing each other

    OR

    They are a sort of complementing to each other
    The usage changes with the indefinite article "a". An article is only used before a noun. Thus, "a sort of" is different from "sort of", the latter being an adverb, meaning somewhat, not completely.

    This is from the AHD:

    kind of

    Also, sort of. Rather, somewhat, as in I'm kind of hungry, or The bird looked sort of like a sparrow. [Colloquial; c. 1800] This usage should not be confused with a kind of or a sort of, which are much older and refer to a borderline member of a given category (as in a kind of a shelter or a sort of a bluish color). Shakespeare had this usage in Two Gentlemen of Verona (3:1): “My master is a kind of a knave.” Also see of a kind.


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