I stumbled upon a sentence in my reference book. It states that:

It is a kind of insect.

Is there any specific reason for the author to use that kind of sentence construction?

Wouldn't be easier to simply put:

It is an insect.

Or am I the one missing something?


Kind is used here as a noun to mean a group with similar characteristics, or a particular Ref..

As J.R. mentioned, kind could mean the hopping, flying, crawling kind, or it could mean it's a type of beetle, fly or ant.

There isn't a lot of difference in the context given but the following situation may explain better.

Ben has a bug called Geoff.

Ben's friend Stu comes over.

Stu "Is Geoff an insect?"

Ben "Yes."

Stu "What kind of insect?"

Ben "Geoff is a beetle."


I just realised there would be a context in which your above example would make a difference!

Stu "What is a beetle?"

Ben "It is a kind of insect."


Stu "What is Geoff"

Ben "Geoff is an insect."

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    The illustration seems to help a lot in explaining 'kind', and why it is required in some contexts. – The One Jul 2 at 11:29
  • Glad I could help! – Bee Jul 2 at 11:31

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