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    is kind of a ?

    Hi,

    I found a sentence like this, as follows:

    This drug is kind of a wonder drug.

    If I say, This drug is a kind of wonder drug. Are they exactly the same in meaning. If there are any differences, what are they? Thanks!

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    Re: is kind of a ?

    No. The second way qualifies if. It's "sort of" a wonder drug, almost a wonder drug, or a bit like a wonder drug. The original says that it is one of the drugs in a group of drugs that are indeed wonder drugs.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: is kind of a ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No. The second way qualifies if. It's "sort of" a wonder drug, almost a wonder drug, or a bit like a wonder drug. The original says that it is one of the drugs in a group of drugs that are indeed wonder drugs.
    Thanks!

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    Re: is kind of a ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No. The second way qualifies if. It's "sort of" a wonder drug, almost a wonder drug, or a bit like a wonder drug. The original says that it is one of the drugs in a group of drugs that are indeed wonder drugs.
    This drug is kind of a wonder drug. = It's "sort of" a wonder drug, almost a wonder drug, or a bit like a wonder drug.

    This drug is a kind of wonder drug. = it is one of the drugs in a group of drugs that are indeed wonder drugs.


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    Re: is kind of a ?

    The English spoken colloquially in Glasgow ('Glaswegian') uses 'kind of' (in the first sense) to excess - and as tends to happen with over-used phrases it is 'eroded' and becomes a new word - /'kǝnǝ/ (with no trace of a /d/ - as in the more widely-used version often represented in print as 'kinda').

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