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    what does "kind of "mean in the native english speaker conversation

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    Quote Originally Posted by rico View Post
    what does "kind of "mean in the native english speaker conversation
    kind of colloq. to some extent (I kind of expected it). a kind of loosely resembling (he's a kind of doctor).

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    what does "kind of "mean in the native english speaker conversation

    'Kind of' has several uses.
    It can signify 'to a moderate degree': It's kind of cloudy today. (partially cloudy).
    It is often used as a way of softening a remark: "This soup is kind of spicy, don't you think?" probably means, "There is so much pepper in this soup that I can't eat it!"
    "That's kind of early, isn't it?" may mean, "No, I don't want to leave at 4:30 in the morning."
    It often has a function, especially among young people, of expressing a self-imposed vagueness: "I feel kind of bad about that." "He was kind of, you know, well, like, cute."
    In the examples above, kind of would almost always be pronounced "Kinda".

    Kind of
    can also mean sort or type: What kind of food do you prefer? What kind of dog is that?

    I hope this is helpful,
    Petra

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