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    simply explain

    simply explain the difference between 'What kind of' and 'What kinds of'

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    Re: simply explain

    Quote Originally Posted by afzal21 View Post
    simply explain the difference between 'What kind of' and 'What kinds of'
    One is singular and the other is plural.

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    Re: simply explain

    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    One is singular and the other is plural.
    What kind of person is he? ans. A responsible person
    What kinds of person is he? ans. A responsible and courteous person

    Am I correct teacher?

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    Re: simply explain

    Quote Originally Posted by smelvanzq View Post
    What kind of person is he? ans. A responsible person
    What kinds of person is he? ans. A responsible and courteous person

    Am I correct teacher?
    I apologize for the delay. But no, the second sentence is not correct. You may say:
    What kind of person is he? ans. A responsible and courteous person

    You might even use the singular if you point to contradictory traits:
    What kind of person is he? He is a kind, as well as petulant, person.

    However, we wouldn't refer to an individual as you have written:
    "What kinds of person..." Perhaps this is because, for all a person's contradictory traits, he has only one character.
    "His character can be seen to be comprised of many different traits."

    You wouldn't say his "characters," and you would say "kinds of person."

    I hope that is helpful.

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