a group of people or things that are the same in some way; a particular variety or type
three kinds of cakes/cake
各种类型的 / 不同种类的音乐
music of all/various/different kinds
Exercises of this kind are very popular.
What kind of house do you live in?
They sell all kinds of things .
The school is the first of its kind in Britain.
She isn't that kind of girl.
The regions differ in size, but not in kind .
I need to buy paper and pencils, that kind of thing .
I'll never have that kind of money (= as much money as that) .
Would you like a drink of some kind ?
of a payment
consisting of goods or services, not money
with the same thing
She insulted him and he responded in kind.
used to show that sth you are saying is not exact
I had a kind of feeling this might happen.
slightly; in some ways
That made me feel kind of stupid.
I like him, kind of.
used to emphasize that the situation is very different from what has been said
‘I was terrible!’ ‘You were nothing of the kind.’
not as good as it could be
You're making progress of a kind.
They're two of a kind─both workaholics!
the only one like this
My father was one of a kind─I'll never be like him.
something like what has been said
‘He's resigning.’ ‘I'd suspected something of the kind.’
caring about others; gentle, friendly and generous
a very kind and helpful person
a kind heart/face
友好的行为 / 姿态 / 评论
a kind action/gesture/comment
kind to animals
You've been very kind.
It was really kind of you to help me.
Soft water is kinder to your hair.
The weather was very kind to us.
Thank you for your kind invitation.
‘Do have another.’ ‘That's very kind of you (= thank you) .’
used to make a polite request or give an order
Would you be kind enough to close the window?
Use the singular ( kind/sort ) or plural ( kinds/sorts ) depending on the word you use before them.
每一种 / 一种 / 每一种动物
each/one/every kind of animal
所有 / 许多 / 其他种类的动物
all/many/other sorts of animals
Kind/sort of is followed by a singular or uncountable noun.
This kind of question often appears in the exam.
That sort of behaviour is not acceptable.
Kinds/sorts of is followed by a plural or uncountable noun.
These kinds of questions often appear in the exam.
These sorts of behaviour are not acceptable.
Other variations are possible but less common.
These kinds of question often appear in the exam.
These sort of things don’t happen in real life.
(This example is very informal and is considered incorrect by some people.)
Note also that these examples are possible, especially in spoken English.
The shelf was full of the sort of books I like to read.
He faced the same kind of problems as his predecessor.
There are many different sorts of animal on the island.
What kind of camera is this?
What kind/kinds of cameras do you sell?
There were three kinds of cakes/cake on the plate.