Kinda
 
 
 
 
American English Reductions - Kinda

In this lesson you will learn the American English reduction kinda.
Reductions: "kinda"
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • kinda = kind + of
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • I kinda like eating at restaurants.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • I kind of like eating at restaurants.
Examples: "kinda"
  • That is the wrong kinda attitude.
  • (Meaning: That is the wrong kind of attitude.)
  • This restaurant is kinda expensive.
  • (Meaning: This restaurant is kind of expensive.)
  • Your hair style is kinda strange.
  • (Meaning: Your hair style is kind of strange.)
  • I think you are kinda cute.
  • (Meaning: I think you are kind of cute.)
  • He was kinda rude.
  • (Meaning: He was kind of rude.)
From YOUR Teacher: Kinda

Kinda is an American English reduction used often in casual conversations. This is often used as a one word answer to a question with the meaning of liking something but not totally. For example:

Howie: Did you like the food at this restaurant?
Sandy: Kinda. (means she liked it a little)
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as kinda are not real words in English.
  • You need to use reductions in order to sound more natural.
  • You need to know reductions in order to understand conversations between native English speakers.
  • Reductions are used extensively in American TV, movies, music, literature, and in conversations among native English speakers.
 
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