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Dorian Gray was obsessed with his looks.

Isaac Asimov invented the word 'robotics'.

Daredevil is a darker superhero than Spider-Man.

Robin Hobb wrote The Farseer Trilogy.

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The difficult part is when to add the article “a”. Is there a rule of adding “a” when the word after “kind of” or “sort of” is a noun or adjetive?

Friday, May 4th 2012

    I’m not very sure but I observe that when an adjective is used, we don’t add “a”. When a noun is used, there is an “a”. I hope this comment will help you.

    Friday, May 4th 2012

    Juan, we use “a” or “an” before a singular count noun. An adjective can’t be counted, so we don’t use “a” or “an” before it, unless it is followed by a noun. Ex. “He’s kind of an important person.” “He’s kind of important.” Hope this helps!

    Monday, May 14th 2012

      Thank you for your answer. My test was bad because I have problem with a or an before kind so i need a lesson about this grammar rule.

      Sunday, November 11th 2012

      sir please tell me .
      He’s kind of important person.(important person is a noun)
      He’s kind of important.)(important is an adjective_)

      Saturday, August 17th 2013

      please correct me my above commment I explain true difference between the sentence please correct mm.

      Saturday, August 17th 2013

Btw, the lesson is great, thanks.

Friday, May 4th 2012

this lesson was kind of easy, but good enough. thanks 2 u Alex.

Friday, May 4th 2012

    “thank to u” it is wrong
    thank u Alexxx

    Saturday, May 5th 2012

Great!I really love it.

Friday, May 4th 2012

Hello Alex! Thanks for your great teaching videos. But I heard the siren many times in the videos, is that place where you are working kind of unsafe? haha~ Cheers!

Friday, May 4th 2012

thanks a allot for your a good lesson mr allex ………………….

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Hello, Alex! Thank you for the lesson!

Saturday, May 5th 2012

hello alex your a good teacher.thanks

Saturday, May 5th 2012

can I be a friend in facebook alex my
username of facebok:bhuvanendra brahmi

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Asimov invented the word “robotics”
He was sort of a visionary.
we observe the word visionary is noun that is why we use there “a”

Saturday, May 5th 2012

    Thanks Fakhranda coz tell me clearly how I use kind of and sort of with or without “a/an” before noun and adjective.

    Sunday, May 6th 2012

    Actually Asimov didn´t invent the word “robot”. The word you mentioned is of czech origin (a slavic language) and it means “to work hard” (robotovat). It was used in Karel Capek´s novel R.U.R.

    Monday, April 1st 2013

Daredevil is a darker superhero than Super-Man.
He is kind of depressed a lot of the time.
“depressed” is adjective, becouse of that we dont add “a”.

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Robin Hobb wrote The Farseer Trilogy
It is a fantasy series that is sort of realistic.
Realistic is adjective, because of this it wasnt added “a”.

Saturday, May 5th 2012

I really really like the way of your teaching , thank you from bottom of my heart.
i wish you make a lesson about when to use “to do” and “doing”, if you don’t mind … thanks once again :)

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Thanks Alex!

Saturday, May 5th 2012

i’m a little bit confused,what the different between i’m kind of a and i’m kind of…..

Saturday, May 5th 2012

    “Kind of a” is followed by noun, whereas “Kind of” is followed by adjective

    Hope it helps.. :)

    Thursday, May 10th 2012

Hi Alex I loved these lessons. thanks for teaching english. but other teachers also good in teaching. ı really enjoyed to take part in this website

Saturday, May 5th 2012

What is exact difference between “Kind of ” and “Sort of”

Thanks for information

Saturday, May 5th 2012

That,s a good lesson, Your teaching method is excellent

Saturday, May 5th 2012

this lesson was really good thanks for it =)

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Wow. Thank you very much. Awesome teaching skills.

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Bravoooooo!
So,generally speaking there’s no difference between them,is there?!
We can use both nouns n adjectives after them,Right?????????!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 5th 2012

    yes it is right

    Sunday, May 6th 2012

      Hello Fakhranda.I`m glad to see you here.I am proud of Azerbaijan and its people.I wish you good luck…

      Sunday, May 6th 2012

      thank u ))

      Sunday, May 20th 2012

        İt s good see Azerbaijanian here. good luck everyone. improve ur english
        Azərbaycanlıları burda görçək xoşdu.

        Thursday, July 26th 2012

thanks alot

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Thanks a bunch.

Saturday, May 5th 2012

it is reaaaaaaaly kind of amazing lesson. it was my first & will not be my last.

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Thank’s!

Sunday, May 6th 2012

Very nice lesson, i can understand everything

Sunday, May 6th 2012

great!!!

Sunday, May 6th 2012

Hi Alex, I want series of lectures on analytical writing section of the GRE.
Thanks a million.

Sunday, May 6th 2012

I’m learning english….
I understand a little lesson.
Please…. can I help you?

Sunday, May 6th 2012

    lol

    Friday, May 11th 2012

thanks alex

Sunday, May 6th 2012

hi alex could you please explain to me what’s the difference between( it’s kind of a) and ( it’s kind of)
i mean i need to know where could i choose between that both sentences

Sunday, May 6th 2012

    Hi ikiller,

    As others have mentioned, we use “a/an” before a singular count noun. An adjective can’t be counted, so we don’t use “a/an” before it, unless it is followed by a noun. See my response to Juan’s question above for more details.

    Thanks for your question!

    Monday, May 14th 2012

Very nice lesson,
thanks a lot.

Sunday, May 6th 2012

Hi Alex,
You are a great teacher!
Thanks a lot.

Sunday, May 6th 2012

Hi Alex, that was a great explanation, i just want to ask u some questions regarding the use of conjunctions like the differences between as well as and besides or whenever and provided, hope u can help me out, thanks

Sunday, May 6th 2012

thanks it was usefull for me ) and i waiting for your answer to “ikiller”

Monday, May 7th 2012

HI SIR
FROM YOUR LESSSON ,I HAVE LEARNED MORE
THANK U VERY MUCH

Monday, May 7th 2012

It was really really helpful for me.. thank you EngVid.. :)

Monday, May 7th 2012

Thanks a lot Alex for your lesson and special effects!!!

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

thanks so much. its so useful.
so i understood how to use them. but another hand, u means its no diffirent between “kind of” and “sort of”?!
i just what to answer the question u offered. and i didnt see that u said about this.
thank u!

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

    Hi Lin, as I mentioned, there is no difference in meaning between the two phrases.

    Monday, May 14th 2012

      Alex you said that there is no difference in the meaning, but in the uses, is there a difference?

      Wednesday, September 12th 2012

thanks ! pls teach some more similar words .

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

Amazing Lesson. Thanks :)

Thursday, May 10th 2012

nice lesson.
thanks alot

Thursday, May 10th 2012

I HAVE TO KNOW MORE . I NEED IT

Friday, May 11th 2012

Great teaching…. Thank you very much..

Friday, May 11th 2012

thanks…great job

Saturday, May 12th 2012

Hello Alex.Thank you very much for your lessons.I would like to have a colleague like you.Thank you again.Good job :)

Sunday, May 13th 2012

I did need to learn this lesson.I was in a terrible doubt after hearing of kind of this and that.I was kind of doubtful,but I’m not anymore.Thanks a lot,Alex.

Sunday, May 13th 2012

he looks kind of Peter Griffin from Family Guy XD

Monday, May 14th 2012

your explanation is so confused, you need to be more exact, I didnt understand anything

Monday, May 14th 2012

thanks mr alix gr8 lesson but im alittle confused

Tuesday, May 15th 2012

Thank’s for help.

Tuesday, May 15th 2012

I have a question:
May I say: I feel a little tired or hungry,…?
Thank’s.

Tuesday, May 15th 2012

Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

Hi,I like all your lesson ,they are very clearly ,thank you So much

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

Hi my name is max, I’m Italian and I would like to suggest to you something:
I love your way of teaching I love all of you but I think that for each video lesson you should enclose an exercise or something similar because the lessons are really great but reaaly short as well and so please give us something to master your wonderful lessons. I would like to get more information about the rules, idioms, phrasal verbs and everything that could give me an improvement. So please try to consider my request. It might be a great help to understand better everything you are teaching us. thank you for everything and for your time. As you can see my English is not so good that’s the reason why I’m trying to improve it. thank you. massimiliano

Thursday, May 17th 2012

    We try to give you practice with our quizzes, and we also have some resources that you can access at the top of the page. Google is a great way to get more information as well.

    Wednesday, July 18th 2012

Nice topic to study, thanks teacher!
I’m really want to know the difference among wanna, going to, will…
a friend of mine asked about that and I havent any answer, you guys would teache us about these topic, or does it already exist?

Gracias teacher!
See ya

Friday, May 18th 2012

I am new here and have to say here is great

Sunday, May 20th 2012

thanks a lot!!! a whiteboard is kind of white.

Sunday, May 20th 2012

Hi!,Mr.Alex. you said that no difference meaning between both of them,don’t you? It means I can use them instead of each other? Ex. I’m kind of love him. or I’m sort of love him….?

Monday, May 21st 2012

thank you very much

Monday, May 21st 2012

thank you Alex it´s useful lesson

Monday, May 21st 2012

thank you Alex

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

it is really really edicational. Thank you

Thursday, May 24th 2012

Thank you very much for your lessons

Friday, May 25th 2012

Thank you, Alex. I like your lessons.

Sunday, May 27th 2012

It,s really good for me thank,s for this lesson and for this web great…..

Monday, May 28th 2012

tha’s so helpfull

Monday, May 28th 2012

super!

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

thank you Alex

Saturday, June 2nd 2012

it is kind of a good job Alex. i am kind of understand.

Monday, June 4th 2012

This lesson is sort of easy

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

excellent! i like this lesson…pls give us more example how to use A and AN in the sentence.

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

it’s a great lesson thank u very much, in the quiz I just missed one. yuppi!!

Friday, June 8th 2012

actually i am facing problem in making sentences will u please help me what should i do so dat it will be easy for me????

Monday, June 11th 2012

thank u

Monday, June 11th 2012

Hi,Thank you it is very nice lesson

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

You’re the most understandable speaking teacher here :D ! thank you.

Wednesday, June 13th 2012

Very good!

Wednesday, June 13th 2012

got perfect score. thanks and have a nice day Alex!

Thursday, June 14th 2012

nice

Friday, June 15th 2012

Good explanation! thanks:)

Friday, June 15th 2012

I get right 2 answers , Still need learn more

Monday, June 18th 2012

KINDS OF GOOD

Friday, June 22nd 2012

good.

Wednesday, June 27th 2012

Hi Alex!Thnx the lesson helped a lot!!

Wednesday, July 4th 2012

Hi Alex, I have correct all the question that has been asked in the quiz but i am not really satisfied as i crazed. I will appreciate you if you can give more explanation about this topic.

Saturday, July 7th 2012

wao!!! thanks alex!! this was a great lesson. i have learned new vocabulary!!

Monday, July 9th 2012

thank yOu s0 muCh Mr:ALEX i really appreciate the way u teach us. .its kinda bore lecture ;))

Tuesday, July 10th 2012

So I can say I’m kind of hungry and I’m soft of hungry ?

Saturday, July 14th 2012

    If you mean “sort of” and not “soft of,” then yes. ;)

    Wednesday, July 18th 2012

is this right sentence
‘i am sorta hungry’

Monday, July 16th 2012

    Absolutely!

    Wednesday, July 18th 2012

      sort of – sorta
      kind of – kinda (fast english)

      Thursday, July 26th 2012

Salam, Mr Alex!
I am very lucky to take part in your lessons, It iz very helpfull.

Thanks

Thursday, July 19th 2012

Salam, Alex!
It is qood to take part in your lessons.
I am from Azerbaijan. WE have alot of language teaching centres. I liked your way of teaching and atmosphere of the lessons.
Thanks a lot.
Aida

Thursday, July 19th 2012

hey alex plz could you make a video on have been and has been

Thursday, July 19th 2012

Thanks for the video, it helps me a lot to improve my english skills!

Wednesday, July 25th 2012

good work i liked! by my speaking bad. i can understand and writing but speking .. :(

Thursday, July 26th 2012

Hey Alex, how are you? the other they I saw a comment on twitter that said ”it’s rather weird” and I really got confused. Can we use rather as we use kind of or sort of? Greetings from México (:

Saturday, July 28th 2012

    Yes, rather can be used in that way.

    Saturday, July 28th 2012

Hey Mr. , I have a question, in the second one : Isaac Asimov invented the word ‘robotics’.
He was a sort visionary.
He was sort of a visionary.
He was a sort visionary.
He was a sort of.
I chose the second one,and I scored it, but you said, we just put an ”a” or ”an” if it is followed by a noun. and in this case it doesn´t followed by a noun. =/

Saturday, July 28th 2012

    Visionary can be used as a noun, as it is in this sentence. In this case, visionary means “a person of unusually keen foresight”.

    Saturday, July 28th 2012

Thanks for the lesson!!!

Monday, July 30th 2012

Thanks, it is very useful for me.

Tuesday, August 7th 2012

thank all of you…

Thursday, August 9th 2012

Your lessons are getting better and better!!!!!!!!!

You are a great teacher!!!!!

Sunday, August 19th 2012

hello my teatcher i need worknig with me in interview ambassy canadian
plz mr

Sunday, August 19th 2012

this my skype issamsannak

Sunday, August 19th 2012

hi i like this video lesson i’m forward to see more thanks a lot

Wednesday, August 29th 2012

thanks Alex

Friday, August 31st 2012

very help full

Saturday, September 1st 2012

I’m kind of learned this subject

Sunday, September 2nd 2012

My dear Alex, Thank you for your help. you are a very good teacher. God bless you…I am trying very hard to speak Englis good and your lesson helps me so much thanks agin…

Sunday, September 2nd 2012

I just discovered this website on u. I am very thankful i found it…its really a great help for some people am also one of them. May God bless u guys…

Tuesday, September 11th 2012

Thank you very much dear Alex)))

Saturday, September 15th 2012

Wow, Alex! Your lessons are very useful and interesting.

Tuesday, October 9th 2012

Very good lesson like always Mr. Alex.

Thank u very much to all the Team for this job, I am learning English in a fun but very good way!

Friday, October 12th 2012

Hi,Mr.Alex.
can we use either a or an before sort of or kind of? Even the Oxford dictionary does not mention any article before these words.please reply

Monday, October 15th 2012

This is kind a important lesson for me. Actually I didnt exactly know them before. Thanks….

Saturday, October 20th 2012

yes i get it
thank you so much alex

Thursday, October 25th 2012

So, are they interchangeable in all the situations?

Saturday, November 3rd 2012

    I mean not just in the examples you gave… are they ALWAYS interchangeable?

    Saturday, November 3rd 2012

Great teacher and great tip. Thanks

Thursday, November 8th 2012

I keep improving my English thanks to your lessons!)))

Friday, November 9th 2012

hi,my name’s dear. i live in Thailand. and i like English,i get it. thank you. ^^

Saturday, November 10th 2012

Hi, Thanks Alex. I enjoy your lessons and what you gonna teach here :D

Saturday, November 17th 2012

hi teacher alex how are you and your the best teacher and i injoy from every your lesson thank for your lesson

Friday, November 30th 2012

    Wait, hold on, I thought you said Emma was the best teacher! :P

    Friday, November 30th 2012

      Hahahaha Moderator, you really read our comments!!! I understand my friend here, because they are so good teachers, we get kind of confused which is the best… well, maybe James should speak a little slowly, anyway, they are fantastic!!!

      Sunday, January 20th 2013

Dear Alex
I like your lesson so much, i like your voice and the way you taught. But let me ask you a question, i think after preposition ” of ” you must use a noun, but i saw you used all adj ” tired, important, hungry….”. So i do not know this is only for speaking or i can use it in writing?
Thank you so much for your lesson and if you have time, please let me know..

Thursday, December 13th 2012

    Both are possible. You can follow sort of/kind of with either a noun, adjective, gerund, or preposition.

    “He’s sort of a big deal.”
    “I’m kind of angry at you.”
    “He’s kind of studying.”
    “I’m sort of in the middle of something.”

    Sunday, December 16th 2012

Dear Alex
Thank you so much for your explaining, i think this lesson help me so much.

Friday, December 21st 2012

Thaks

Sunday, December 30th 2012

Thanks so much Alex, your teaching is excellent

Friday, January 18th 2013

Thanks Alex, it is very helpful.

Sunday, January 20th 2013

I enjoyed this lesson! It is really useful! Thank you Alex!

Sunday, January 20th 2013

thank you so much alex, i enjoyed alot with this lesson your are a great person

Saturday, February 2nd 2013

I enjoyed with this lesson,Thanks

Sunday, February 3rd 2013

Your explanations are very good. Thank you!

Sunday, February 3rd 2013

thanks too much your lesson is really enjoyable as well as your topics that you choose…. can i use a noun after -kind of-and the meaning does not change??

Sunday, March 3rd 2013

DEAR SIR

i have a little prob on the usage of ”where”..i know how to use it with all other ways besides this rule please help me..
I wanna know how to use ”where” with these words and what the grammar rule is..pls give me a few examples of your own ones..

1 Due to the volume of emails we receive we are unable to respond to the emails where the answer can be found on our web site itself

2 If you have gone to a website where you have to create an account for yourself..

3 This procedure should be followed in cases where dishonesty has been alleged.

4 I heard a strange noise from the upstairs where the children were playing.

5 There is a stage in life where you can’t even hold a cup of tea.

Thanking you
Roystan

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

It*s not kind of great work, it*s a huge work helping people to improve their English))))My appreciations!

Saturday, March 16th 2013

I like that you speaking slowly and clearly. I can learn not only from the articles you was teaching but also your conversation. I like when you told us about the busy street outside. Its kind of informal.

Thursday, May 2nd 2013

hey sir, i love all your videos. m learning a lot. thanks a lot for helping me in learning english………..

Tuesday, May 7th 2013

Scrolling down to write a comment is sort of nightmare! is it correct without “a” before nightmare?

Thursday, July 4th 2013

Really useful lesson! Thanks Alex

Thursday, July 11th 2013

thanks alex!! you’re a terrific teacher :)
I can’t belive that I understand this lesson , thank you :)

Monday, August 19th 2013

Thank you Alex, wonderful lesson!

Monday, August 26th 2013

Thank you a lot!

Saturday, August 31st 2013

Hello sir ,

Thanks a lot for all of your excellent and useful efforts .You are my best teacher ever.let me please tell you I just noticed that we can only use (sort of ,kind of ) with verb to be ,i hope my notice would be correct .

Sunday, September 8th 2013

I am sort of broke right now :(
Thanks a lot Alex

Wednesday, September 11th 2013

Thank you teacher for your useful lesson. Now, I know how to use it.

Friday, November 29th 2013

finally! Thanks!

Sunday, December 1st 2013

Thanks a lot, Mr Alex!!!

Thursday, December 12th 2013

Look out!Police,run out )

Saturday, January 4th 2014

I think Assimov was a visionary. Not kind of/sort of. Dorian Grey was the narcissism. Etc.
I’ve just understood what you mean. When you are talking to uneducated people, you adds kinda/sorta meaning “this guy don’t have any idea about we are talking about”.
Am I wrong? I don’t know. I am sort of bewildered.
As you can see my English is ‘sorta’ short.
Thanks a lot.

Sunday, January 12th 2014

Thanks got 80%.

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Thank you, Alex. Your lessons are useful and interesting!

Friday, April 25th 2014

Alex, I love your classes!!!!

Friday, May 30th 2014

I wonder where you guys are located, I’ve heard those sirens at least three times already haha by the way, thanks for the lesson, it was one of my doubts!

Friday, May 30th 2014

Hi alex,

U r really awesome ty for ur trips & lessions..!

Thanks,
Sarath

Tuesday, July 15th 2014

Thank you ,that is make me understanding

Thursday, August 21st 2014

I am kind of confused :-)

Wednesday, October 8th 2014

which one of these is correct?
1. He’s kind of a showoff.
2. He’s kind of showoff.

Wednesday, October 15th 2014

    a show-off

    Wednesday, October 15th 2014

      Thanks a lot :)

      Wednesday, October 15th 2014

This lesson is kind of useful . Engvid is sort of an amazing educational site .

Sunday, November 9th 2014
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