Is it

It is a disruptive kind of move.


It is a kind of disruptive move.

  • It depends upon what you want to express. It is a disruptive kind of move means that it is a move that can be classified as disuptive. It is a kind of disruptive move means something rather different: that the move is to some degree, and not completely, disruptive. In the second instance, the phrase kind of is used idiomatically as an adverb meaning to a moderate degree. Sep 17, 2016 at 1:55
  • 1
    In the second, the word kind is not a noun meaning character or nature. as it is in the first. Instead, it is part of the idiomatic modifier kind of meaning in some way. (Sometimes this is pronounced as kinda in NAmE.) Sep 17, 2016 at 2:04
  • But it sounds like both of them give us the same meaning. If I want to describe a move as close to being disruptive, I could choose either expression, correct? Sep 17, 2016 at 2:09
  • The meanings are different. The first describes what sort of a move it is: disruptive. The second tells us that it is disruptive, but not very much so. If I say "The weather is of a warm kind," I mean only that the weather is warm, with no hint of how warm it is. If I say: "The weather is kind of warm," I mean that it is not very warm. The dictionary links I provided make the distinction clear. "Kind of" as an idiomatic modifier means somewhat, or slightly; not completely. Sep 17, 2016 at 2:26
  • To express "close to disruptive," use your second model. Sep 17, 2016 at 2:28

2 Answers 2


There are actually three places where kind of could go:

It is a disruptive kind of move

The move is of a disruptive type.

It is kind of a disruptive move

The move is quite disruptive. This use of kind of is quite colloquial.

It is a kind of disruptive move

This is ambiguous and could mean the same as either of the other two.


Being an adverb of degree, kind of (informal for somewhat, rather, to some extent, to a moderate degree, etc.) is used to give information about the extent or degree of something. This is how it is used in your second sentence, where kind of modifies the adjective disruptive. If this is what you wanted to express, then you've done it.

If your intention was to classify the move as disruptive (see P.E.Dant's comment), then it's been done in the first sentence.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .