The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic nation and no country in ASEAN can rival its centuries-old churches, with their antique religious objects. Fascinating churches, to be found around Metro Manila are: the Malate Church with its images of Our Lady of Remedies; the Las Pinas Church, with its 165-year-old organ made entirely of bamboo; and San Sebastian Church built in 1981, the only Gothic steel church in the country.


What kind of church is San Sebastian Church?

Possible Answers:

1.San Sebastian Church is a Gothic steel church.

2.San Sebastian Church is the only Gothic steel church in the country.

I can't decide which answer is suitable for the question "What kind of--". I like both as they can describe the types of Church.

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    The question is asking about the design and construction of the church, not its location or uniqueness, so the fact that it is the only church in the country is irrelevant to the question. Therefore, the first answer is the appropriate one.
    – Mick
    Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 5:59
  • The question is about the curch attribute & properties(like Mick said the design and construction). Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 6:17
  • 3
    But note that "what kind of" doesn't only mean "What is it made out of"... without the prompt it can mean any sort of descriptor. "It's a country church" (as opposed to a city church) "It's a Protestant church"... etc. The only reason this question is referring to the design of the church is because that is all the information you are given. Note, "country" in that sentence means "nation", not "non-urban areas".
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 6:22
  • I provided more in the question.
    – learner
    Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 7:01

2 Answers 2


Since the word "country" refers to the Philippines, it doesn't describe the building and shouldn't be included into your answer. The correct answer is number 1, as Mick mentioned in his comment.

San Sebastian Church is a Gothic steel church.

The word "country" describes a church in the following sentence.

It was a quiet country church.("country " means "rural").


Answer #1 answers the question given. Answer #2 would be more appropriate for a question such as:

What is unique about San Sebastian Church?

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