What Is Their Main Difference?
Both are used to talk about things or people that have some common characteristics with each other. However, 'kind' usually refers to a particular style or genre of something, whereas, 'type' is more about a group of things/people that go under a bigger category.
'Kind' mainly refers to a group of things/people that are special in a way. 'Kind' is more common in speech. We can also use 'kind' to refer to something/someone vaguely. Look at the examples below:
You can find all
'Type', on the other hand, mainly refers to different sub-categories of a larger community. Take a look at the following examples:
We have different
We can use either to refer to a group of things/people that share common characteristics. Look at the examples below:
Here, the item we are point to is vague to us.
It seems that Jake has been working on a special
Are They Interchangeable?
Whenever we are talking about a group of things/people with some common characteristics, we can use them interchangeably, but remember that when 'kind' is used to refer to something vaguely, it cannot be replaced with 'type'. Compare:
✓ I don't, she seemed
X I don't, she seemed
Here, the sentence is wrong because 'kind' does not refer to a particular category.
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