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I have read the use and a couple of examples of "kind of + plural noun", but I'm still confused what to use, "is" or "are" in the follows:

  • What kind of presents ____ normally given at birthdays in your homeland?

So, the "___" should be "is" or "are"?

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Simplify it by keeping everything singular or plural:

What kind of present is normally given at birthdays in your homeland?
What kinds of presents are normally given at birthdays in your homelands?

I suspect the more common question would take the plural form, as there are typically multiple presents (each of a different type) given.

But if what you really want is a suggestion for your own gift, then be more direct about it:

What kind of present should I bring to the birthday party?

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