“Kind Of” vs. “A Kind Of” – English Phrase Lesson

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I was kind of tired yesterday, so I went to bed early. I have a comfortable bed. It’s made from a kind of memory foam. It keeps its shape, and has good back support. I won’t mention the brand here, but I will say it was kind of expensive. My sister said I was a kind of crazy person to pay so much for a mattress, but my back is kind of weak, so I needed some good support. The kind of bed you sleep in has a strong effect on the kind of sleep you can have, and your back’s health. The sales person explained the mattress very well to. That was kind of him.

Today, I want to show you how to use the English phrases, kind of and a kind of. Adding the indefinite article, “a” makes all of the difference.

We use kind of + adjective to mean “rather” or “somewhat:”

  • I was kind of tired yesterday.
  • The bed was kind of expensive.
  • This curry is kind of spicy.

We use kind of + person to mean “the person’s action is very kind:”

  • It was kind of you to help me with my homework.
  • It was kind of Jack to lend me his car yesterday.
  • Can I help you find something? Yes, that’s very kind of you.

We use a kind of + noun to mean “a type of:”

  • The bed is made from a kind of memory foam.
  • A smart phone is a kind of pocket computer.
  • My sister said I was a kind of crazy person to pay so much for a mattress

Now, it’s your turn. How about writing a few sentences using these phrases in the comment box below? I’ll review them for you! Or, click the button on the right side to leave me a voice message. If you want to leave a voice message, be sure to say your name, where you are from, and then your message!

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One Point English Lesson: How to Use Sorry

Sometimes things go wrong and you need to apologize. In English, we generally say I’m sorry when we apologize. Today, I am going to teach you four basic grammar patterns you can use when you say, I’m sorry. I hope you find these English phrases useful, but at the same time I hope you never have to use them!

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English Lesson: Common Phrases with Gerunds

She’s looking forward to going to Niagara Falls!

Today, lets look at some common phrases using gerunds (VerbING)

When you are excited about and anticipating a future event, you can use look forward to + gerund. Of course, look forward to + noun is also possible:

  • I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
  • I am looking forward to my vacation.

We also use enjoy, have fun, and have a good/great/nice time + gerund.

  • I enjoyed seeing my former colleagues at the party.
  • We had fun going shopping in the new mall last week.
  • Jack said he had a great time traveling in Morocco.

We also use have trouble, have a problem, and have a hard/difficult time+ gerund.

  • I had trouble trying to repair my computer by myself.
  • Jenny said she had a problem working with the new boss.
  • I had a hard time figuring out the subways in Tokyo.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson. I’m looking forward to seeing your comments here!