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    #1

    Arrow kind of + noun

    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi, does this phrase need an indefinite article: "what kind of idiot he is?"? Thanks ahead.

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    #2

    Re: kind of + noun

    No, but it does require inversion!

    --> What kind of (an) idiot is he?

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    #3

    Re: kind of + noun

    Why did you say " no", while you put "an"?

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    #4

    Re: kind of + noun

    = It is not required, but simply optional.

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    Re: kind of + noun

    Please, it could be easily understood to you. But for me I need to know the difference between the two cases; with and without the indefinite article. When I look at this example: what kind of (an) idiot is he?, with or without (an) I really see no difference.
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    #6

    Re: kind of + noun

    Do you see any?

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    #7

    Re: kind of + noun

    No difference at all. That's why philo said it was optional.

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    #8

    Re: kind of + noun

    Thank you guys so much.

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    Re: kind of + noun

    One more thing, I've thought that the indefinite article must always be attached to a singular noun, and not adjective. That is, I've come up with a rule: if it is a singular noun not specified in the context, it has always an indefinite article before. Is this right? I ask this because the example mentioned earlier is out of this rule. Please, give me a conclusive rule.

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    Re: kind of + noun

    Again guys, what do you think of this rule: if it is a singular noun not specified in the context, it has always an indefinite article before.Unlike adjective, which doesn't accept such an article, except in case of adding it to a noun?

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