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    type of/sort of/kind of + plural

    (A). These kinds of car are suited for racing.

    (B). These kinds of cars are suited for racing.

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    From the BBC site:

    Sort of / kind of / type of are usually followed by an uncountable noun
    or a singular countable noun with no article, but a / an is sometimes
    retained in an informal style.

    The BBC site also gives an example like (B), so I am assuming that (B) is the academically acceptable choice.
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    Q1. Is (A) grammatically wrong or academically (formally) unacceptable? Or Are both acceptable?

    Q2. If (B) is the only acceptable (academically) answer, I would like to ask why we must care for making the noun plural when article a/an (for singular nouns) can be omitted. Ex. "This type of car," as opposed to "this type of a car"


    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: type of/sort of/kind of + plural

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    (A). These kinds of car are suited for racing.

    (B). These kinds of cars are suited for racing.

    =================
    From the BBC site:

    Sort of / kind of / type of are usually followed by an uncountable noun
    or a singular countable noun with no article, but a / an is sometimes
    retained in an informal style.

    The BBC site also gives an example like (B), so I am assuming that (B) is the academically acceptable choice.
    =======================

    Q1. Is (A) grammatically wrong or academically (formally) unacceptable? Or Are both acceptable?

    Q2. If (B) is the only acceptable (academically) answer, I would like to ask why we must care for making the noun plural when article a/an (for singular nouns) can be omitted. Ex. "This type of car," as opposed to "this type of a car"


    Thanks in advance!
    Neither one is very natural. (B) would be OK as "These types of cars are suitable for racing" if, for example, we are referring a number of different types of cars which are all suitable.

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    Re: type of/sort of/kind of + plural

    I could make my question clearer.
    I wanted to focus on the construction of "types of + plural noun" vs "types of +singular noun."

    So to go back to the original question:

    "What types of cars (plural noun)" vs. "What types of car (singular noun)"

    I found the following thread:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...type-noun.html

    So both types are grammtically correct, but only the singular version is academically acceptable, right?


    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by vcolts; 10-Aug-2012 at 05:06.

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