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    In a question, do we use "What kind...." or "What kinds..." ?

    For example; A says:" I love reading books", B asks: "What kind of books do you like? " . So, "What kind..." or "What kinds...", which one is the correct use in this scenario?

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    Re: In a question, do we use "What kind...." or "What kinds..." ?

    They are both possible. Use the plural if you think you'll get a plural answer ("storybooks and encyclopedias!"); use the singular if you expect a singular answer.
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    Re: In a question, do we use "What kind...." or "What kinds..." ?

    You might get a similar answer from a singular question in BrE.

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    Re: In a question, do we use "What kind...." or "What kinds..." ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You might get a similar answer from a singular question in BrE.
    It's the same in AmE. The first speaker's expectation governs the choice of kind or kinds, but doesn't necessarily affect the response. If asked "What kind of books do you like?", the responder might say "I like several kinds," then enumerate them. They might just as easily simply list a few kinds of books.
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