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Is there any difference in using kind of + noun with or without a at the beginning?

For example,

It is kind of animal.

vs

It is a kind of animal.

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  • You should find and add some examples with context. It is kind of important. Meaning kind of exists but the meaning is different. – user3169 Dec 17 '18 at 4:55
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Yes. The first example is 'wrong' in standard English.

Just as you would say:

It is an animal

you need the indefinite article before 'kind of animal'.

It is a kind of animal.

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