Friday, April 12, 2013

I KIND OF like you ...



"Kind of. Except in familiar style, not to be used as a substitute for rather or something like. Restrict it to its literal sense: 'Amber is a kind of fossil resin'; 'I dislike that kind of publicity.'" (THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE, p.51)

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  1. Grammar rules are my kind of rules :D

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  2. So I suppose "kinda" is out of the question.

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  3. Is it OK in dialogue? Most people kind of say it a lot. :)

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    1. I think "familiar style" refers to times when it's used in dialogue or to establish a regional tone to the voice.

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  4. Another very good point, duly noted. Thanks for sharing, Margo. Always good to be here.
    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

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  5. I kind of need help with my grammar. (not joking) Thanks Margo. :)

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  6. I would guess that most of the time "kind of" is used in the familiar.

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  7. That's a good grammar tip. "I kind of like you" is not exactly the best endorsement anyway, is it?!

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